Pico Island Council claims better health and definition for airport and port

Speaking to Lusa news agency, on the eve of the statutory visit of the Government of the Azores to Pico, which starts on Sunday, the president of the Ilha Council, Rui Lima, said that the demands “will remain in line with the memorandum presented in 2020, focusing on issues related to health, whether in its infrastructure and equipment, or in the organic, improvement and increase of the specialties offered”.

The advisers argue that “the definitions around the future of the airport and commercial port” on the island of Pico should also be deepened.

Asked what needs to be done immediately, Rui Lima argues that it will be “quickly define the points mentioned above”.

“Any decision implies a temporal space in programming and execution, which has been incomprehensible for a long time. The constant delay and uncertainties mortgage the aspirations of the island and therefore of the Azores”, declares the official.

Rui Lima states that “expectations are essentially in the responses” to the pointed demands, noting that he would like the difference between the previous socialist government and the current coalition executive “to be its clear definition and its execution”.

“Everything else, such as the capacity and work dynamics of the institutions represented in the Ilha Council, will naturally be points to be resolved”, concludes Rui Lima.

According to the Political-Administrative Statute of the Azores, the Regional Government must visit each of the islands of the archipelago, without government departments (6), at least once a year, with the obligation to meet the Government Council on the visited island.

After Graciosa and São Jorge, this is the third island to be visited by the PSD-CDS-PPM coalition executive.

After Pico, where it will remain until Wednesday, the islands of Flores and Corvo will follow, from November 14th to 17th, and the trip to Santa Maria will take place between November 29th and December 1st.

These are the first official visits of the new Azorean executive of the PSD-CDS-PPM, elected in October 2020, who was prevented from making them due to the acute phase of the pandemic of covid-19.

The president of the Regional Government of the Azores, José Manuel Bolieiro, wants a new model of statutory visits “more listening and cooperative than inauguration”.

“Instead of enhancing the Government’s role in opening moments, we intend to listen to local elected representatives, social partners and the living forces of each of the islands”, explained José Manuel Bolieiro to journalists, in anticipation of the new format of the executive’s statutory visits .

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