The European Commission yesterday revealed that it has voiced fears to the Spanish government over the country's controversial national hydrological plan (NHP). The release of a letter sent to the Spanish environment ministry in July follows accusations of secrecy on the part of the EU executive by opponents of the plan (EED 07/09/01).
In the letter, the Commission draws attention to the possible effects of the NHP on between 60 and 70 sites nominated to join the EU's protected Natura 2000 network. It calls for an impact assessment of the entire plan to be carried out as swiftly as possible. It also mentions potential consequences for the environmentally sensitive Ebro delta of the NHP's massive water transfer scheme (EED 21/06/01).
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