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Call to cut EU aid to Spain, over urbanisation

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Call to cut EU aid to Spain, over urbanisation


Interrupt EU aid for Spain until it solves problems with “extensive urbanisation” practices. This comes in a European Parliament report which says Spain should suspend and review all the new building plans which do not respect legitimate ownership rights.

The report notes that the Commission is empowered to interrupt the payment of structural funds. As the budgetary authority, Parliament can also set aside funding for cohesion policies to persuade an EU country to end serious breaches of the rules. The text recalls that the EU directive on unfair business-to-consumer commercial practices obliges Member States to provide appropriate means for legal redress – with adequate compensation for the victims of such practices – and to ensure “adequate sanctions”.
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