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Parliamentary questions
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4 December 2018
Question for written answer E-006116-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Marina Albiol Guzmán (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Plans for a large retail complex in a natural park in Paterna (Spain)
 Answer in writing 

The Valencian Environment Ministry has published a proposal to amend the Natural Resources Management Plan in Túria, under which the Les Moles (Paterna) natural park would be classed as specially protected undevelopable land and would be included in the Natura 2000 network.

The area would also not be compatible with urban or commercial activities. If this amendment were to be approved, plans for the Intu Mediterrani retail complex would have to be abandoned.

This project is being developed by Intu, a British multinational that operates from Luxembourg for tax purposes. In view of this regulatory amendment, which would protect the only green belt in Paterna, the Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Spain, Simon Manley, has expressed his concerns to the President of the Generalitat Valenciana.

1. In the Commission’s view, if a diplomatic representative from a non-EU country defends the interests of a private enterprise in opposition to environmental legislation, does this not constitute serious interference in Spain’s affairs?

2. Should the Commission call on the Valencian authorities to apply the principles outlined in Articles 11 and 191-193 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union concerning environmental protection when they are put under pressure by large corporations?

Original language of question: ES 
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