Palma.— The key measures previously proposed by Balearic Tourism Minister Carlos Delgado and voted through by Parliament yesterday were designed to “change the face” of the now outdated tourist resort of the Playa de Palma, bringing it into the 21st century.

The reform and remodelling of the decades-old resort, claimed Delgado, will give a much needed boost to economic activity and will encourage the involvement of private venture capital.

The motion was opposed by both National (PSOE) and regional (PSM) Socialists largely because the “yes” vote has given the green light for the construction of a commercial centre on the site of the Ses Fontanelles wetlands. The natural environment had been given official protection during the previous Balearic Socialist coalition government.

The Tourism Minister insisted that redeveloping the Playa de Palma will put an end to what he described as the resort's “stagnation” with an injection of private capital. However, Socialist Parliamentarian Bel Oliver yesterday criticised the tactics used by the Partido Popular (PP) government whom he accused of pushing through a law on the grounds of it being urgent, when in fact there was no justification for the rush. Oliver pointed out that the PP under José Ramón Bauzá have passed “250 percent more laws than other regions of the country.” He claimed that this unprecedented chain of changes in legislation has distorted the relationship between government and Parliament, and that this new fast-tracked law promotes fresh tourist development without it having gone “through proper democratic channels.”

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