Summary title: Petition 1192/2013 by Teresa Vassallo Varela and Marc Bugnard (Spanish) concerning a major infrastructural project in Cadiz, Spain
Petition number: 1192/2013
Topics: Urban Development, Environment
Name of association: EL CASO CADIZ
Name: European Parliament
The petitioners object to a major infrastructural project in the city of Cadiz, Spain, involving the construction of the largest motorway bridge in Europe, a container port and a rail transport service stopping at 35 stations. They take the view that the project will be to the detriment of the region, infringing Regulation 1083/2006, possibly depriving western Andalusia of access to the sea, endangering the Doñana national park, causing job losses in the large industrial area around the Bay of Cadiz and generating unsustainable economic and urban expansion. The project is expected to receive millions of euros from the European Investment Bank and the European Regional Development Fund. The petitioners express doubts regarding the economic viability of the choices made regarding liquid and solid bulk transport and propose alternative solutions. They also question the official explanation for the decision to construct such massive motorway bridge and the compatibility of the entire project with ERDF objectives.