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Parliamentary questions
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30 October 2019
P-003546-19
Question for written answer P-003546-19
to the Commission
Rule 138
Rosa Estaràs Ferragut (PPE)

 Subject:  Commission authorisation to install backup generators on the island of Menorca

On 28 October 2018, a violent tornado swept across the island of Menorca, bringing down numerous electricity pylons, knocking out two high-voltage power lines from the Maó power plant and leaving some 39 000 people without power.

The crisis lasted 56 hours and caused widespread damage. Some 65% of companies in Menorca were shut down for more than 24 hours, causing knock-on economic damage.

Against this background, there is a need to provide better safeguards, such as the installation of backup electricity generators, given that Menorca is an island and any unforeseen event can have more serious consequences than on the mainland. Spain’s Ministry for Ecological Transition said yesterday, 29 October 2019, that it needed the approval of the Commission to adopt such a plan.

1. What is the authorisation procedure for the installation of backup generators?

2. When did the Spanish Government request the relevant permits from the Commission?

3. What transition measures could be taken in accordance with EC law?

Original language of question: ES 
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