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The petition denounces the setbacks in sustainable mobility in the city of Logroño (La Rioja). Specifically, the petition denounces the dismantling of bicycle lanes built with European funds, the lack of progress in the implementation of Low Emission Zones, and asks for the continuation of the pedestrian and bicycle lanes in the neighbourhoods of Madre de Dios and San José. She emphasises that this regression is not only a significant harm to sustainable mobility, but also a threat to the health of the citizens and a serious setback in actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the quality of the environment, and may cause economic damage. The petitioner recalls the EU’s objective to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% below 1990 levels by 2030 and to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. She is concerned about the risk that the municipality will have to return EU funds granted for the implementation of measures to decarbonise urban transport and improve more sustainable mobility in Logroño.

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The petitioner expresses her concern over the decision of the Hydrological Confederation of Spain to reduce the flow of the river Guardal from the San Clemente reservoir to 25% of its natural capacity. She highlights the extremely dry climate in the region and consider this reduction unacceptable, unsustainable and in breach of the Water Framework Directive as it jeopardizes the health of the river and fails to adequately serve the local population. The petitioner believes that the root cause of this issue is not solely drought conditions affecting Spain but rather the diversion of water upstream to irrigate large lettuce and broccoli fields owned by industrial growers from Murcia. She points out a potential conflict of interest, as the manager of these production sites also serves as the president of the local irrigation community. The petitioner suggests alternative methods such as desalination plants using recycled water for hydroponic cultivation. In her view, these methods would alleviate the strain on local water resources. Furthermore, the petitioner warns of the environmental damage caused by industrial growers’ operations. She therefore urges the EU to investigate this matter in the context of the Commission’s ongoing review of the 3rd river basin management plan for the Guardalquivir Hydrographic Confederation.

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The petitioner reports that in her town, Marina di Massa, a project has been approved for the redevelopment of a disused seaside holiday accommodation complex (from the early 1900s) and the adjacent public park using National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) funds under Mission 5, component 2, Investment 2.3. She stresses that the original project was for renovation of the complex for use as halls of residence for students and multipurpose centres, while the park was to be upgraded by cutting down diseased plants and replanting new trees. She alleges that the project has been overhauled and now entails demolishing historic buildings to construct new ones as well as sports fields and car parks on the site of the park, thus using two hectares more than were originally planned. She adds that these buildings are to be demolished following a prior technical report establishing the complex’s poor static and seismic resistance, which in reality only referred to a single building in the complex. The petitioner therefore believes this to be a serious infraction owing to the lack of necessary documentation – attributable to the developer’s negligence – and the project’s breach of the PNRR’s basic and comprehensive principles such as its ban on land consumption, the ‘do no serious harm’ principle, the requirement to renovate historical and culturally significant buildings and its ban on any activities liable to contribute to climate change (it entails cutting down 7 000 trees). The petitioner is therefore calling on the EU institutions to take action.