“We need more freedom” says Tenerife
Tenerife is calling for more autonomy, freedom and independence so it can shape its own future.
This message was conveyed by Cabildo vicepresident, Carlos Alonso and echoed by its president, Ricardo Melchior during a forum in La Laguna.
Sr. Alonso said there was no question of asking for special treatment, they just wanted councils to have more freedom to decide.
“We would have more opportunities to exploit our capabilities,” he said.
The event was presented by the mayor of La Laguna, Fernando Clavijo, who praised both Ricardo Melchior and Carlos Alonso for the role they played in Tenerife.
Sr. Alonso said four important aspects created progress, namely connectivity, external action, energy and creativity. Regarding connectivity, he highlighted the need for the island to decide on airport scheduling and the Granadilla port.
“We are not asking for more resources but greater autonomy,” he stressed.
To boost the island’s economy, the African coast also needed to develop and Sr. Alonso highlighted the importance of the AliX project which would substantially improve telecommunication connections and reactivate employment on the island. He also stressed the importance of renewable energies.
In his speech, President Ricardo Melchior defended the historical role of the councils and demanded a better political structure suited to the needs of the Canary Islands.