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Mexican employers reject the president’s agreement that protects megaprojects

Archive photograph of the president of the Business Coordinating Council, Carlos Salazar Lomelín. EFE / José Méndez

Mexico City, Nov 23 (EFE) .- The Business Coordinating Council (CCE), Mexico’s business leadership body, expressed its dissatisfaction with the agreement of the president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, which declares the main government works as issues. of “national security”.
“The agreement is not properly founded or motivated, in addition to exceeding the law in the definition of national security, it violates various laws and invades the powers of the Legislative Power,” the agency said in a statement released today.
This Monday, in the evening edition of the Official Gazette of the Federation (DOF), an agreement appeared “in relation to the projects and works of the Government of Mexico considered of public interest and national security, as well as priority and strategic for national development” .
The CCE pointed out that this decision “practically puts public projects above the Law and would produce effects on spending, on the development of works and on the impairment of rights that would be irreversible and that will leave communities, people and companies in a situation defenseless “.
He also said that the agreement violates human rights, the environment, transparency and access to public information, competition, the division of powers, the efficient use of public resources and the fight against corruption.
He pointed out that the concept of national security is reserved exclusively for serious cases that justify it, as well as that the decision to grant this qualification corresponds to the Mexican federal Congress, in accordance with what the Constitution and the National Security Law indicate.
For this reason, he stressed that the agreement “puts the Executive above the law.”
In this context, he expressed his rejection of the agreement and urged that legality and the rule of law be safeguarded in order to protect human rights, the environment and public safety.
“They are guarantees that cannot be subject to the discretion of the authorities in turn, since this agreement affects democratic decision-making,” he said.
The rejection of the CCE joins those of the National Institute of Transparency, Access to Information and Protection of Personal Data (INAI) announced that it will present a controversy against the agreement and that of José Miguel Vivanco, executive director of Human Rights Watch (HRW) to the Americas, who said that the president “believes he is above the law.”
This Tuesday, the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador defended his agreement as he said, it only serves to “speed up procedures” and do not stop the works and not to avoid accountability.
The Mayan Train, the Dos Bocas refinery or the Felipe Ángeles airport -the new capital airport- are some of the main works of the Government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
Despite the austerity discourse and as a result of the crises derived from the pandemic, specialists have questioned that the Government prioritizes these megaprojects.

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