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Parliamentary questions
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1 October 2020
Question for written answer E-005379/2020
to the Commission
Rule 138
Ernest Urtasun (Verts/ALE)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Possible selective state aid for Hard Rock Cafe and the BCN World project

This week the Catalan High Court of Justice ruled as invalid a section of the reworked urban master plan for BCN World, the large-scale casinos and hotels project in Salou. In its decision the Court argued that the project lacks sufficient functionality and that the presence of a chemical industry in the area makes it a serious accident risk zone. These arguments come on top of the project’s adverse social and environmental impact.

At the beginning of September, the Regional Government of Catalonia purchased the land where BCN World is due to be located. This was agreed with Hard Rock Cafe, which undertook to repay the amount later to the Regional Government. The latter advanced 80 % of the EUR 120 million required to buy the land for Hard Rock. Because of the adverse judgment against the project, the Regional Government has now altered the repurchase conditions, giving Hard Rock greater leeway and taking on the associated legal risks as a result. Hence, it would appear to be granting Hard Rock an implicit subsidy.

Does the Commission believe that the advance purchase of the land for BCN World and the later sale agreed with Hard Rock may constitute selective state aid?

Original language of question: ES
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