Brussels steps in to solve Spanish water row

European Commission to broker debate over environmental sustainability of Ebro water transfer scheme

Opposing sides in the long-running argument over the Spanish national hydrological plan will meet in Brussels next week in an attempt to agree on potential impacts on the river Ebro of proposals to abstract large amounts of water for piping to Spain's dry south.

The Spanish government and its detractors, chiefly environmental NGOs, are being brought together by the European Commission next Thursday and Friday. Commission officials say the aim is to bridge their "stark differences" over predicted water flow in the Ebro and how much water its delta needs to stay healthy.

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