The Transport Minister assures that he has “found out” that his subordinates sent directly to the Sepi their favorable reports to the rescue without going through him.

The Minister of Transport, Jos Luis Balos, during his speech this Tuesday in the Senate.Sergio R. MorenoWORLD

The Minister of Transport, Jos Luis Balos, has offered a new version on the participation of its Department in support of the rescue of the airline Plus Ultra. First, he denied on March 15 that the Ministry had intervened in the rescue with 53 million from the airline. Subsequently, that there is a report from the State Area Security Agency, but that “it was not decisive”; and, finally, it has admitted this Tuesday that there was also a second report from its Directorate General of Civil Aviation, as published in this newspaper on May 10.

This has been confirmed by the minister in the Senate to questions from the PP senator, Mara Salom, and has justified the version change, because now it has “found out” that “there have indeed been two reports requested directly by the Sepi [Sociedad Estatal de Participaciones Industriales]But, according to his version, what he has discovered is that his subordinates sent him to the Sepi without informing him. “They did not pass through my hands, I had no knowledge”, has manifested in parliamentary headquarters. “They are not from the Ministry as such”, has come to affirm having been sent directly to the Sepi and has alleged that the senior officials responsible for the documents were already in the PP stage.

The PSOE Organization Secretary has implicitly admitted that both reports were in favor of rescuing Plus Ultra, but because of “the obvious” that the company needs financing to be able to fly and that it operates “in a strategic sector.”

He has followed his line of disengaging. He has insisted that the Sepi is attached to the Ministry of Finance and that his Ministry is not part of the managing council of the Fund to Support the Solvency of Strategic Companies like other Departments. It has also confirmed that it is difficult for the Government to grant new bailouts after the Plus Ultra case has been brought to justice. “What official is going to dare, if you denounce anyone”, has reproached Salom for being the PP personed in the case.

Balos also offered various versions of his airport meeting last year with the vice president of Venezuela, Delcy Rodrguez. Plus Ultra is the only airline based in Spain that has obtained permission from Caracas to operate flights with Venezuela.

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