martes, 14 de julio de 2009

Historical entries from NOV 2008 to May 2009

20 May 09 The PNALC presented a proposal to change the Spanish Coastal Law (ley de costas) in a press conference in Madrid.The proposed changes relate to the definition of the sea shore (ZMT) and beach area (playa), new conditions for the transmition of coastal demarcation lines (deslindes), with a ban on retroactive application to legal property built before 1988 and including a requirement to pay monetary indemnity for any expropriation. Furthur changes include clarifying the 20meter protection zone conditions, and making the authorities responsable for correcting coastal errosion in relation to public works such as breakwaters and ports. VIDEO in English of Presentation 30 April 09 The power of the Committee on Petitions of the European Parliament (EP) is being threatened by restriction in the Corbett report approved recently by the Committee on Institutional Affairs. This would undermine their chance of reflecting citizens' concerns fully in plenary and may have serious effects on our present petition, which was included in the AUKEN report approved by the EP. It would make it practically impossible for the Petitions Committee to produce a similar report in the future. Please write to your local MEP and ask them to back an ammendment to the CORBETT report as proposed by the Petitions Committee. Dear Sir or Madam: As a citizen of the European Union, I am disappointed and seriously concerned over the change to rule 192 included in the Corbett report(amendment 179) adopted by the Committee on Constitutional Affairs in Strasbourg. This will mean a very serious diminution of the power of decision of the Committee on Petitions of the European Parliament. Practice has shown the extraordinary value of the Petitions Committee to take and resolve complaints directly from citizens. This new measure will in practice prevent any initiative that does not originate in the party political machinery and will call into question the effectiveness of the democratic values of the society in which we live. Please, make all the efforts that are possible, to prevent the final adoption of this particular amendment by Corbett and, by considering an alternate amendment, allow the Committee on Petitions to continue serving the citizens with the same freedom with which it has done so far. List of MEP in the UK of MEP from Spain 30 MAR 09 Please Sign our Petition .Following the criticism by the European Union of the abusive arbitrary and retroactive application of the Spanish Coastal Law (Ley De Costas) we are now collecting signatures to appeal to the Spanish authorities to change the law as required by the EU.Please print out the petition form ,along with the extract of the report from the EU, and ask people to support us. Everyone needs to include their European identity details (passport or identity card number). To obtain a copy of the form and extract from the EU please send an email to :- Once complete, please return to:- PNALC (English speaking group) Plaza Mariano Benlliure 21, 1ºEl Puig,46540 Valencia.SPAIN 26 MAR 09 THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT APPROVED THE AUKEN REPORT re abuses by the Spanish State of property rights and the destruction of the environment. AUKEN REPORT The Auken report also attacks the (Ley de Costas), Coastal Law, which it says has to be urgently revised to protect the rights of the legitimate owners of property and those who own small plots of land on the coast which have no negative impact on the coastal environment. The report threatens sanctions. 12 FEB 09The Committee on Petitions of the European Parliament has modified the AUKEN report to include criticism of the 1988 Spanish coastal law (ley de costas) . The report was approved and calls on the government of Spain to revise the coastal law in order to protect legally aquired property rights. The European Parliament itself will vote on the report on the 26 March. Please write to your MEP, tell him/her about your problem and ask him/her to support the Auken report on 26 March. a)The MEP from your area in the UK b) An MEP from Spain Give details of your circumstance and mention The pressure group PNALC (plataforma afectados ley de costas). For additional information send an e-mail to For more information on the legal side see web site :- FEB 09A change in law has been initiated that may allow the sale and purchase of the concession which is granted as compensation in kind, for loss of property ownership when land is included in the public domain. The maximum life of the concession will remain as 30+30 years. JAN 09 the petitions committee met on the 20th of January but there was no report from the "commission" on their initial thoughts about the abusive application of the Spanish Coastal Law. They discussed Margrete Aukens report on the effects of massive urbanisation and the lack of respect of property rights, in the urbanistic and coastal laws, in Spain. The draft report goes as far as suggesting witholding European funds from Spain untill the issue is addressed. There will be another meeting in February to agree the final wording of the report. NOV 08 The petitions committee prepared a critical report on the lack of respect for PROPERTY RIGHTS in Spain. People affected by the coastal law were asked to write to :-Margrete Auken (Danish MEP) margrete.auken@europarl.europa.eutelling her about their particular problem. 23 JULY 08 The petitions committee of the European Parliament has accepted petition number 0174-08 regarding the abusive application of the Spanish coastal law (ley de costas 1988) sent in by the lawyer Jose Ortega on behalf of PNALC a group of 20000 people affected by the coastal law. The Chairman of the petitions Committee, Marcin Libicki, reported that the content of the complaint does relate to the activities of the European Union and that the European Parliament has asked the Commission to execute a preliminary investigation. The decision of the Committee on Petitions comes at a symbolic moment, since the 28th of July is the twentieth anniversary of the 1988 coastal law.