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Parliamentary questions
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26 June 2020
Priority question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Lina Gálvez Muñoz (S&D)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Position on the hotel construction project in the Cabo de Gata-Níjar natural park, Almería

Cabo de Gata-Níjar is a protected area of outstanding natural beauty in Andalusia, Spain. It is 49 512 hectares in size, divided between 37 500 hectares on land and 12 012 on sea. Its landscape is highly contrasted, including marine, coastal and terrestrial environments, is home to many native species and counts as one of Europe’s most arid ecosystems. It was therefore internationally recognised by Unesco as a Biosphere Reserve in 1977.

However, the Government of Andalusia is oblivious to the incalculable value of this part of humankind’s common heritage, which is already threatened by climate change, and a plan is afoot to build a new 30-room hotel, together with a car park and swimming pool in front of Los Genoveses, one of Europe’s few remaining virgin beaches. Multiple organisations have already spoken out against this ‘attack’ on the environment.

1. Is the European Union going to allow the Andalusian Government to get away with changing land use in a natural park, thus seriously endangering Europe's natural heritage?

Original language of question: ES
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