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Parliamentary questions
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28 April 2015
Question for written answer E-006722-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Clara Eugenia Aguilera García (S&D)

 Subject:  Antequera railway test circuit
 Answer in writing 

In 2010, the Spanish Government gave its backing to the building of a railway technology centre in the province of Malaga with a view to it becoming a leading centre for research, development and innovation in the field of high-speed railways.

Following the elections in 2011, the new government decided to change the project, turning it into a public-private partnership and establishing the High-speed Railway Test Centre (CEATF). The information available suggests that no tenders were received in response to the relevant public procurement procedure.

In the past few days, we have learned that the Commission has launched an investigation into the CEATF, given that because it went from being a public project to a public-private partnership, aid or subsidies received by the companies involved could have given them a competitive advantage.

Could the Commission state the reasons behind its decision to open the aforementioned investigation? What could the consequences for Spain be of the current investigation into the changes made to the project?

Original language of question: ES 
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