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Parliamentary question - E-005627/2020Parliamentary question

    Potentially excessive costs for military equipment in Spain amid the COVID-19 pandemic

    Question for written answer E-005627/2020
    to the Commission
    Rule 138
    Carles Puigdemont i Casamajó (NI), Antoni Comín i Oliveres (NI), Clara Ponsatí Obiols (NI)

    In December 2019, the Spanish Ministry of Defence abandoned a call for tender for 348 armoured tanks after the only company that submitted a bid, Santa Bárbara Sistemas (owned by the American company General Dynamics European Land Systems), failed to meet the requirements. However, as if by magic, the same EUR 2.1 billion bid from the same company was accepted eight months later. The newspaper El País said that pressure from the military seemed to have changed the government’s opinion[1].

    Meanwhile, according to the Bank of Spain, Spain’s GDP is expected to fall by 12.6 % due to the pandemic, and its public debt is set to increase to almost 120 % of GDP. Even before these predictions, the Commission noted that public debt stock remains too high, posing significant risks for fiscal sustainability in the medium and long term.

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