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Parliamentary questions
25 June 2012
Answer given by Mr Hahn on behalf of the Commission

1. The reports referred to by the Honourable Member do not provide a complete picture of the situation. In the 2000-2006 period, the port of Tazacorte was funded by the European Regional Development Fund programme in the Canary Islands with a total funding of EUR 8.2 million. In the 2007-2013 period, the Spanish authorities have submitted to the Commission the major project ‘Enlargement of Port of Tazacorte 2nd phase’, with a total cost of EUR 54 million and an EU contribution of EUR 27 million. The Commission is still analyising the proposal. The Commission is aware of the misgivings of the islanders, and is analysing them with special attention.

2. The procedure for applying has been an open procedure tender. The first phase was published on 4 January 1999(1) and the second phase was published on 1 June 2007(2).

3. After the first proposal for the second phase project was received in November 2010, the Commission assessed the rationality and sustainability of this major project. Since then, the Commission has received two more revised proposals addressing the Commission's initial observations. The latest version of the proposal is still under assessment.

4. The Islands' citizens may complain about any misuse of EU funds via, inter alia, the Commission or the national courts.

(1)Boletin Oficial de Canarias BOC nº 2.
(2)BOC nº 109.

OJ C 254 E, 04/09/2013
Last updated: 29 June 2012Legal notice