Puig asks Pedro Sánchez for the headquarters of the State Ports against “inefficient centralism”. The president of the Generalitat Valenciana, Ximo Puig, has announced that he has requested by letter to the central government to transfer to the Valencian Community the headquarters of the state public body Puertos del Estado, which supervises and controls ports considered of general interest throughout Spain.
The president of the Generalitat considered that the fact that the headquarters of the public institution in charge of managing state ports is located more than 350 kilometers from the sea is a sign of the “inefficient centralism” involved in concentrating the headquarters of the organizations in Madrid. of the State.
Puig made this announcement at the general assembly of the Valencian Association of Entrepreneurs (AVE), whose president, the shipping company Vicente Boluda, had precisely pointed out a few weeks ago at a meeting in the Balearic Islands the paradox that the headquarters of the main Spanish port body were not by the sea.
The Valencian president did not specify what location he offers for Puertos del Estado, since the three provincial capitals of autonomy have a port of general interest, although Valencia is the most important. Its docks are the second in Spain for total traffic after Algeciras and the first in container traffic.
Curiously, this request comes at a time when its partners in the Valencian Government of Compromís and Podemos maintain a campaign against the new container terminal in the port of Valencia.
Currently the president of Puertos del Estado is precisely a Valencian socialist, Francisco Toledo from Castellón. It is not the first time that the Valencian Socialists have launched a proposal of this type, since a decade ago with the Government of Rodríguez Zapatero, the Marina of the port of Valencia was offered as a possible headquarters for the Official Credit Institute (ICO). An offer that did not have an echo beyond Valencia.