Controversial Spanish plans to build a new port at Granadilla on Tenerife in the Canaries can proceed even though it will partially destroy two protected nature areas designated under the EU’s 1992 habitats directive, the European commission decided this week. It backed Spain’s claim that the port was justified by overriding public interest and rejected NGO complaints that alternative options had not been properly considered. Earlier this year the European parliament drew accusations of political cynicism when it closed an investigation into the project (EED 17/05/06). See the decision.
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