EC QUESTIONS SPAINS WATER RESORCES

The European Commission has asked Spain for information about more than 250 urbanisations which are either in the planning stage or already under construction in areas where there is a deficiency of water resources. The projects, located in Andalucia, Castilla-La Mancha, Murcia and Valencia have not received the go-ahead by the regional water authorities, according to Spain’s Euro-deputy David Hammerstein. The Commission’s Environmental commissionaire, Stavros Dimas, has also asked the Spanish government to explain its plans “for guaranteeing the fulfilment of the EU’s Water Guidelines on Water” which were introduced to preserve the quality and quantity of water resources in the medium- and long-term. Sr Hammerstein said the EC’s investigation “could cast legal doubts on the construction of hundreds of thousands of houses in areas where water shortages are endemic”.

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