(Agencies) The European Commission is to ask for a detailed progress report on the environmental impact study for the proposed San Roque-Algeciras by-pass on the A-7 main coast road, according to environmental pressure group Cigueña Negra.>
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A parliamentary question raised at the Commission has the Cigueña Negra environmental pressure group pointing to the fact that information will be sought regarding the present state of the required environmental impact report for the stretch of road.
The Commission says that while it is not forbidden to build on places belonging to the Natura 2000 Network, a proper environmental impact report is required together with any project or plan affecting the Network.
A statement by Cigueña Negra says that no infringement of any European directives as such would be committed as long as the procedures for an environmental impact report are followed according to other such directives. This report must therefore include an analysis of the accumulative effects of parcelling off a piece of the Network, which the group considers inevitable, given that the project, in existence since 2000, failed to include Resolution 20410 from the Ministry of the Environment when the project was presented for its public information phase in 2006.
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