Euro MP’s and Spanish demolitions

Extract from online version Overseas Property magazine:
Members of the European Parliament have held a two-day meeting in Brussels to address the growing number of complaints from British, German, Dutch and other European citizen’s whose properties have been demolished in Spain – particularly across the Valencian region.
At the close of the meeting, MEPs from both sides of the political divide in Britain have been making their voices heard and called on the Spanish government to put an end to the demolition of private British-owned property in the country.
“They [property buyers] were assured that deeds to their property were legal as advised by local lawyers, developers and officials,” said British Labour MEP Michael Cashman at a press conference. “Now because of a combination of corruption and interpretation of new property laws, these people are facing ruin. Homes will either be demolished or people are now being asked to pay even more money for water and electricity supplies, which they were assured their property would receive.”
Mr Cashman added that the problem is acute in Valencia, but it is also happening in Andalucía, parts of Murcia and on the Canary Islands. Tory MEPs also waded into the discussion and called for an immediate cessation on all demolitions and future land grab developments until a solution can be finalised. “The Spanish authorities have had long enough to talk about change,” said Sir Robert Atkins MEP, Conservative coordinator of the European Parliament’s Committee investigating land grab. “Now is the time for action. I am calling on the Spanish authorities to issue an immediate moratorium on demolitions and future land grab developments. The damage can already be seen both to those owning property in Spain and to the local environment. If the Spanish authorities fail to finally take action, I will be referring this case to the European Court of Justice and the
European Court of Human Rights.”
The European Parliament has previously issued four resolutions calling for action to be taken to protect property owners, and although the law was amended in the form of the new Valencia Land Law (LUV), many still face the expropriation of their land without compensation or arbitrary costs for what the Conservatives are calling “unnecessary nfrastructure developments” in their region.
Another Conservative, Neil Parish MEP, accused Spanish councillors of colluding with property developers to undermine the “fundamental principles of property and human rights” and brought to attention the case of Jackie Cotterill, a Spanish town councillor, who was allegedly threatened with legal action by authorities after speaking out for property owners and local environmentalists. “This abuse of property law is in contravention to the Charter of Fundamental Rights which Spain signed up to in the form of the Lisbon
Treaty,” explained Parish. “The gag on Cotterill is also a blatant breach of democracy and completely goes against the European values Spain promotes.”