In the next few years, we will witness an unprecedented public investment programme: Spain is expected to receive €140 billion of subsidies and loans to respond to the social and economic challenges brought on by Covid-19. The European Union’s Green New Deal marks the way by encouraging us to restart our economy and create jobs while facing climate and environmental challenges. This means investing in decarbonising, decontaminating, "desplastifying", improving the efficiency of resourcesand recovering our natural systems. We must overcome the crisis by transforming and strengthening our economy, not making it more vulnerable.
How this money is going to be invested is probably the most important decision we will take in a very long time, because it’ll mark the future for many decades. Surprisingly, there has not yet been a public debate about suitable projects for the Balearic Islands. The economic prosperity of the Balearics is strongly linked to the quality of its coast and marine environment, so the sea and coastline play a key part in the economic recovery. We have an opportunity to get out of the crisis and transform the Balearics into a worldwide reference for marine conservation, let’s make the most of it and ensure the Green New Deal also becomes a Blue New Deal.