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Parliamentary questions
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24 July 2014
E-005947-14
Question for written answer E-005947-14
to the Commission
Rule 130
Ernest Urtasun (Verts/ALE) , Jordi Sebastià (Verts/ALE)

 Subject:  Renovation of a bullring in the province of Zamora with ERDF funding
 Answer in writing 

The European Regional Development Fund 2007-2013 operational programme for Castile and León includes measures to renovate bullfighting facilities.

It is striking that some public authorities appear more interested in renovating bullrings than in investing in a genuine employment strategy. Bullrings are quite literally being rebuilt in order to promote the holding of spectacles involving the mistreatment of animals.

Investing in rural and regional development demands action to strengthen and empower rural communities, revitalising and supporting the creation of quality jobs and rejecting links with events that will do little or nothing to help build a fairer society based on solidarity.

— Does the Commission consider it necessary to invest in the renovation of a bullring in a municipality with less than 10 000 inhabitants?

— Is it really a priority to rebuild a macabre leisure facility when the lack of policies to support rural areas is leading to a serious depopulation problem?

Original language of question: ES 
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