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Parliamentary questions
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5 November 2014
Question for written answer E-008767-14
to the Commission
Rule 130
Marina Albiol Guzmán (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Golf course in Melilla financed by European funds
 Answer in writing 

In Melilla (Spain), barely a few metres away from the boundary wall which separates the autonomous city from Morocco, is the Club Campo de Golf Ciudad de Melilla (http://www.golfmelilla.com/).

The decision to construct a golf course in this enclave falls between a reprehensible absence of tact and a complete lack of respect, it being repugnant to see that from its luxurious and opulent grounds immigrants can be seen risking their lives scaling the boundary wall.

In addition, the matter is even more serious because of the five million euros of public money which went into its construction in 2009, around two million euros came from ERDF funds which were supposed to be intended to ‘correct the major imbalances in the EU’.

1. Does the Commission consider that the construction of luxury golf courses serves to correct imbalances in the EU?

2. Was the Commission informed that almost two million euros were going to be used for the construction of the said golf course?

3. What is the Commission’s opinion of the fact that the first sight which an immigrant has on arriving in the EU is an elitist and exclusive area?

Original language of question: ES 
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