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Parliamentary questions
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3 September 2018
Question for written answer E-004472-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Ramon Tremosa i Balcells (ALDE)

 Subject:  Lack of investment in the Mediterranean Corridor and complaint by the European Court of Auditors in 2018 about the inefficiency of the Spanish high-speed rail network
 Answer in writing 

The European Court of Auditors has complained(1) that the Spanish high-speed rail network in which the EU has invested is inefficient, with cost overruns and a lack of passengers(2); more specifically, it states that: ‘Almost half of the EU funding made available for high-speed rail investments (more than 11 billion euro) was allocated to investments in Spain’(3).

The Court goes on to state: ‘Spain will have the second-longest high-speed rail network in the world, after China’(4) and ‘Spain has the highest construction cost per capita (1 159 euro) and the highest EU co-financing for high-speed rail per capita (305 euro)’ (5).

In 2016, the Court of Auditors had criticised (E-004697/2016) the delays in the construction of rail links with Spanish ports and the lack of investment in the Mediterranean Corridor projects, shortcomings that had also been identified by the European coordinator for the Mediterranean Corridor (E-011826/2015).

1. Will the Commission say whether Spain is complying with the work plan put forward by the European coordinator?

2. What measures does the Commission envisage taking to ensure that European public money is really used to build efficient infrastructures that have a multiplier effect for the economy?

3. What measures does the Commission intend to take against those Member States singled out by the EU Court of Auditors for wasting public money?

(3)Special Report No 19/2018 of the European Court of Auditors, p. 15: https://www.eca.europa.eu/Lists/ECADocuments/SR18_19/SR_HIGH_SPEED_RAIL_ES.pdf
(4)Ibidem, p. 12.
(5)Ibidem, p. 22.

Original language of question: ES 
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