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European Parliament to investigate the alleged irregularities on the island of Benidorm

Written by on February 14, 2019

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Article Written & Published in Spanish By: Diario Informacion
Translated by Google from Spanish to English

The European Parliament will investigate the alleged irregularities at the bar on the island of Benidorm

It will do so at the behest of the EU, which has filed a petition stating that “there are clear indications that European directives on habitat protection are being violated”

The European Parliament will investigate the alleged irregularities at the bar on the island of Benidorm

The European Parliament has decided to investigate the alleged irregularities in the exploitation of the restaurant on the island of Benidorm and the possible damage that the occupation of this public space may be causing to the natural environment and public heritage.

The investigation will be carried out at the request of the local collective of Esquerra Unida País Valencià (EUPV) of Benidorm.

The Petitions Committee of the European Parliament , in a resolution to which Efe has had access, considers that the EUPV petition meets the “admission requirements for processing” and has asked the European Commission “to carry out a preliminary investigation into the different aspects of the problem. ”

However, the Petitions Committee also recommends that EUPV contact the local authorities, “as the member states are responsible for taking the appropriate measures to prevent the deterioration of habitat in Natura 2000 sites.”

In addition, this commission believes that the issues included in the EUPV petition should also be referred to the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety of the European Parliament.

The restaurant on the island has been in operation since the 1960s, presumably without any authorization or administrative concession.

In addition, a few days ago, the Consistory dismissed the appeal filed by the employer that manages it against the denial of the opening license, for which, in the opinion of the Urbanism Department of Benidorm, they can no longer “do it because the ownership of the island is Costas. ”

According to the mayor of the area, Lourdes Caselles, the Provincial Coastal Service is the one that now has to “paralyze the activity”.

Meanwhile, the candidate for the EUPV Mayor’s Office in Benidorm, Arantxa Romay, has congratulated herself on the research carried out by the European Parliament and recalled that the current situation of the restaurant is “a cacique of Francoism that is shamefully perpetuated despite the step of the years and of the governments “.

“We hope that when Europe puts the focus on a scandalous practice we can put an end once and for all to this nonsense that the citizens of Benidorm have suffered for decades,” said Romay.

For its part, the EUPV MEP Marina Albiol has stated that “there are clear signs that European directives of habitat protection are being violated ” and has demanded to investigate “why it is allowed to act with total impunity to those who have appropriated the public space”.

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