AN expatriate has written to 70 MEPs in a desperate last-ditch attempt to save his home from demolition.
But his appeal has so far fallen on deaf ears, with only 12 of the Euro MPs even bothering to respond.
The news comes as procrastinating MEPs also failed to come to a decision on whether to withhold 185m euros from Spain due to property abuse.
A decision was due last week as it emerged that a report by EU commissioner Margrete Auken has fallen on deaf ears.
She revealed this week that it was evident that the human rights abuses over property had still not been addressed.
She said Spain continues to show a lack of respect for the “principles upon which the Union is founded”.
But incredibly, despite a vote being scheduled for last week, the Conservative lobby in Brussels has managed to stall it.
Dan Thorneycroft, who lives in El Fas, Almeria, faces losing his 172,000 euro home, after it was deemed illegal by the Junta.
As the Olive Press revealed earlier this year, Thorneycroft is awaiting a final order to knock it down. He made the move as so many expatriates are facing a similar threat around the region.
“It is an extremely poor response given that tens of thousands of Britons are in the same boat,” he said. “I would expect all MEPs to be working towards a solution, particularly given that most of us did all we could to comply with the law.”
Of those that wrote back, the majority said they couldn´t help as he was from another constituency (Shropshire) in England.
It comes as the Olive Press exclusively speaks to four Andalucian households, including that of Thorneycroft, facing the threat of demolition.
Of the politicians who did respond, Michael Cashman, MEP for the West Midlands, pledged his support. “It is essential we continue to fight on together to end these terrible injustices,” said Cashman.
“We walk around like zombies most of the time.”
It comes as the Junta declared it will re-start court action against Len and Helen Prior who saw their Almeria house bulldozed in January 2008, after their license was revoked.
According to their lawyer, it was an inevitable decision as the Junta desperately tries to save face.
“If the Junta had not appealed the Constitutional Court’s ruling they would be contradicting themselves,” explained Victor Martinez.
“They had no option, otherwise it would be seen that they pulled down a house that was legal.”
The Priors – who are still awaiting compensation for their original legal fees – are awaiting new court dates.
Helen Prior said: “We walk around like zombies most of the time.”
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