Updated Monday, August 2, 2021 –
Felipe VI meets with Armengol at the La Almudaina palace in the first official act of his vacation
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King Felipe VI takes advantage of his stay in Mallorca to address on the ground how the tourist recovery is built in the middle of the delicate health situation that Spain is going through.
At a meeting held this morning in the Palmesan palace of La Almudaina with the Balearic president Francina Armengol (PSOE), the monarch has shown his concern about the difficult balance between health and the economy at a crucial time for the most important sector in the region. In the middle of August, the most important period for the season, Felipe wanted to hear from Balearic politicians about their management of the pandemic, with special emphasis on how security is combined with open tourism.
President Armengol has defended her management model before the Head of State, maintaining that “the season is working well” despite the contagions. “Our strategy has been discussed with the social agents, we have spent a very complicated year and we have said many times that without health there is no economy.”
Armengol told him that even though the incidence is high, “the situation is different” from the one experienced last year, mainly due to the vaccination campaign. “We have a control situation in the hospitals and we have been able to have a tourist season.” The Balearic president has defended the work of her Executive, anticipating that the unemployment figures, which will be released tomorrow, will fall below two digits in the islands.
Felipe VI meets this morning with other political authorities of the Islands. After Armengol, he met with the president of the Balearic Parliament, Vicen Thoms, a doctor by training, with whom he has abounded in the idea of maintaining a “balance” between health and the economy.
In addition, the agenda continues to advance with meetings with the mayor of Palma and the president of the Consell de Mallorca, meetings marked by economic recovery and tourism, which this year overshadows the political debate in the archipelago.
It is the first official act of the King since he came to Mallorca last weekend. This is a formal ceremony held in the historic palace of La Almudaina. At the gates of the enclosure, three dozen protesters have gathered to give their support and thank the monarch.
Felipe VI remains faithful to his stay on the island despite the circumstances, above the fifth wave of the pandemic, intense on the islands, and the long shadow cast by his father over the Marivent palace, a traditional summer resort. of the Royal Family for decades.
The King has returned to compete this year in the Sailing King’s Cup, suspended last year due to the health situation. As i advanced THE WORLD, has done it aboard the old sailboat Aifos by having to give up the brand new Swan 50 with which it bargained for years, and on which the Navy did not execute its preferential purchase option to adjust to the budgetary constraints of the post-era era. Covid.
Felipe VI will receive tomorrow the President of the Government, Pedro Sanchez, with whom to dispatch about the current situation in the traditional summer meeting. The day after tomorrow visit with Doa Letizia and her daughters the monastery of Lluc, in the heart of the city. Sierra de Tramuntana, the mountainous region of the island of Mallorca, declared a World Heritage Site.
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