"Highway Robbery" 

Michael Cashman MEP, today challenged the Spanish Minister in Valencia Senor Blasco over recent allegations that the European Parliament was making up or exaggerating the number of petitions it had received from desperate citizens asking for help. 

Michael, who has been leading the fight for justice for EU citizens against alleged land grabs in and around Valencia in Spain, said:

"Senor Blasco claims the EP is exaggerating as to the severity of the problem concerning the LRAU law in Spain. As can plainly be seen in the attached photo, we most definitely are not". 

"We have been petitioned by over 15.000 EU citizens affected on the ground by the abusive implementation of this law in Valencia and we acting on their behalf in order to ensure justice is done".  

"I'd like to tell citizens affected by this law as well as Senor Blasco and his colleagues in the Ministry in Valencia that the EP will not rest until this issue is resolved. If that means going to the European Court of Justice, so be it" said Michael.

Contact Michael Cashman 0044 797 336 2811


Note to Editors: 

As First Vice Chair of the Petitions Committee, Michael Cashman lead a fact finding mission to Valencia to investigate on the ground in June 2005. Following that mission, the EP adopted a report in Strasbourg in December 2005 making a series of recommendations to the Valencian authorities as to what action it should take to ensure it complies with EC law. Since then, the Commission has reconfirmed its concerns as to the conformity of the the LUV (adopted in December 2005 to replace the LRAU) and has issued a reasoned opinion on the issue, the first step towards a formal case before the ECJ. Recently, Senor Blasco has accused Mr Cashman of wishing to sully the name of Valencian industries such as the construction and tourism industries.   

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