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Judge maintains Colau government’s veto over the Hermitage despite an appeal from its founders

Latest NewsJudge maintains Colau government's veto over the Hermitage despite an appeal from its founders

Virtual image of the Hermitage project in the port of Barcelona.THE COUNTRY

The Barcelona Administrative Dispute Court No. 4 rejected the motion of the founders of the Hermitage in the city to temporarily suspend the agreement of the Government Commission of Barcelona, ​​which rejected the agreement that the Port of Barcelona wanted to conclude with the museum project in the New Rot. The Justice of the Peace rejects the motion for precautionary measures that the Hermitage filed in its appeal, in which it wanted to temporarily suspend the consistory agreement and proceed “immediately” to its consideration.

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The judge believes that “the demand made consists, first of all, in the adoption of a positive measure of restraint, which consists in the beginning of the execution of the agreement, which is precisely denied by the contested decision.” This would mean “to leave the judgment rendered at the time without content, since at the precautionary stage what was meant would have already been provided – in the opinion of the judge – due to the annulment of the contested act, without being able to assess the essential elements raised on appeal.”

Barcelona Council City Planning Deputy Mayor Janet Sanz explained this Friday that this court resolution determines that “the city council has all freedom, power and the right not to process this agreement”, something that was supported added, in “reports proving it’s a bad project.” The judge, Sans continues, “once again gave us a reason, because it makes no sense to push any proposal for an agreement with the Hermitage, and also strengthens the position of the city council.”

The panel of experts who helped analyze the proposal concluded, according to Sanz, that “this franchise is not suitable for Barcelona in terms of strengthening the culture” and for this reason they are launching projects such as “agreed between the port, the city and the Liceu, which we consider to be of high quality.

With regard to the request for the suspension of the city planning regulations contained in the Special Plan, the judge also does not understand that it is appropriate, since “taking the requested precautionary measure would also mean issuing a decision on the merits, and specifically on the case. regulation in which it protects the challenged administrative act, thereby expanding the content of the sentence that could be passed at that time.”

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Now legal representatives of the Hermitage can file an appeal within fifteen days. The Hermitage Museum, 80% controlled by the Swiss-Luxembourg investment fund Varia, announced in January last year that it was refusing to settle in the Catalan capital due to strong opposition from the city council.

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