SPAIN’S biggest charities have declared war over the Government’s ‘failing’ environmental policy.
Among their main complaints is the confusion and hypocrisy of Spain’s coastal law, as highlighted in the Olive Press over recent issues.
The group of NGOs, including Greenpeace, Ecologistas en Accion and SEO/Birdlife, are highly critical of the Government’s plans to unite both the Agriculture and Environment ministries that “would put the sheep among the wolves”.
They are also furious that the Government is apparently using the current economic crisis to soften existing environmental legislation.
In particular, they singled out the delayed demolition of Hotel Algarrobico, which was built on a beach in a national park in Almería.
Greenpeace protested inside the national park for the fourth time earlier this year and have now teamed up with the NGOs to deliver their condemnation of Government policy.
The environmental groups have also criticised the Coastal Law reform, which prevents new residential zones being built within 100 metres of the seashore.
They say that the 1988 law is being applied haphazardly throughout the country by local authorities.
The result is many old properties are being knocked down while construction of two luxury villas just 26 metres from the shore in Mijas (as reported exclusively in the Olive Press) are going ahead.
Last issue we reported how Brussels had voted to punish Spain heavily over its continual flaunting of European environmental laws.
MEPs voted in favour of a report by Danish politician Margrete Auken which highlighted the destruction of its coasts as well as human rights abuses.