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With elections looming, president of Spain’s Valencia region claims ten multinational companies plan to invest in area



THE PRESIDENT of the Valencian Community, Ximo Puig, has said that the region is waiting to close agreements with ten multinational companies with an investment of €24.4 billion.

Speaking at a Forum Europa breakfast meeting in Valencia on Friday, Puig claimed that 43,000 new direct jobs would be created if the deals come to fruition.

He stated that the companies were ‘important’ players linked to the renewable energy sector, green hydrogen and the automotive industry and components, such as electric car batteries.

With regional elections looming on May 28 and a tight race predicted according to opinion polls, Ximo Puig from the PSPV-PSOE party said the Valencian Community was in a better economic state than eight years ago when he became president.

“Never in the history of the Valencian Community have there been so many people in work- 2.1 million, 450,000 more than in 2015,” he proclaimed.

“We are competing with the most advanced European regions and, for the first time in history, we are at the forefront of large industries”, Puig continued.

“We are going to grow better to get better salaries, more opportunities and we also want to take advantage of this new re–industrialisation that is being generated in Europe.”

The Valencia region is seen as a key indicator as to whether or not the conservative opposition Partido Popular can beat Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez in this autumn’s general election.

Ximo Puig currently governs in a coalition with the left-wing regional Compromis party and Unides Podemos, with polls suggesting that the Partido Popular will become the largest single party on May 28 but would need the support of the far-right Vox party to grab power.

Puig’s future could well be decided on how well Unides Podemos do and whether they reach the 5% threshold of votes to get seats in the Valencian parliament.

Alicante Province

Environmental hitch sees plans for new Costa Blanca urbanisation in Spain put on hold




PLANS to resuscitate a project to build a 1,300 home urbanisation in Pego have suffered a major blow after an environmental impact study carried out 11 years ago was voided.

The regional secretariat for Ecological Transition says the study is ‘null and void’ as there was a five year limit for work to start at the Pego Golf site.

The secretariat added that the issue of planning permission is a different matter and comes under the Valencian Urban Planning department.

As previously reported by the Olive Press, Pego council asked for applicants to put in bids to develop the Pego Golf area covering 1.62 million square metres.

It received one submission from Denia-based CHG which owns and operates the Oliva Nova Golf resort.

The site was approved for construction in 2005 but a deal with a developer was not struck until eight years later, but nothing happened despite a positive environmental impact study being conducted in 2012.

The project was formally ‘moth-balled’ in 2020 before being resurrected late last year.

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Police nab drugged up and drunk driver with fake licence on Spain’s Costa Blanca




A MOTORIST had a day to forget when police pulled him over in El Altet- close to Alicante-Elche airport.

The 41-year-old man was spotted by an Elche Policia Local patrol behind the wheel of a car that appeared to be in poor condition.

Officers stopped the vehicle to check it out and saw that the ITV vehicle safety test sticker was out of date.

That was just the start of the driver’s problems as a strong smell of marijuana was detected in his vehicle.

The man was given a breath test which showed him over the limit for alcohol as well as confirming that he had consumed narcotics, with 26 grams of marijuana discovered on him.

The charge list lengthened when the motorist was asked to produce his driving licence and gave police a document from a Balkan country.

The officers suspected that it was a forgery and the driver admitted that he had bought it.

He was arrested and taken to a police station ahead of a court appearance.

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easyJet to open fourth Spanish base at Costa Blanca airport in 2024




BUDGET air carrier easyJet will open a seasonal base at Alicante-Elche airport in 2024.

It will be the airline’s fourth base in Spain with the company saying it will create 100 new pilot and cabin crew jobs.

The airport will be home from spring 2024 to three A320 aircraft each with a capacity to carry 186 passengers.

Alicante-Elche joins two other seasonal bases at Malaga and Palma de Mallorca along with the all-year facility in Barcelona.

The company said Alicante-Elche was the airline’s most popular Spanish destination that did not have a base.

The operator first flew into Alicante in 1999 with a connection to London Stansted, and has transported 27.5 million to and from Alicante-Elche airport since then.

easyJet added that it plans to increase summer seat availability to Alicante by 16% compared to this year with a capacity of 1.62 million seats, which includes links to other European cities including Amsterdam and Geneva as well as British locations.

The Costa Blanca Tourist Board has criticised the lack of flights for UK travellers this summer as schedules were announced over a year ago when the Covid-19 pandemic was still an issue.

They’ve claimed that UK visitor numbers could fall by as much as 200,000 over the high summer season compared to 2019.


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