UK Independence Party MEP Marta Andreasen is getting involved in the fight to protect property rights in Spain. According to a recent press release from her office, “She feels strongly that homeowners are being treated unjustly and are receiving no protection from any of the responsible parties involved, the regional government, the Spanish government, their own government or the European Union.”
Some of you might remember Marta Andreasen as the lady who publicly berated Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero for the planning and property rights abuses going on in Spain when he appeared before the European Parliament at the beginning of the EU’s Spanish Presidency in January.
Curiously for someone with a job as a UKIP MEP Andreasen is Argentine-born and Spanish by nationality. As a Spaniard representing British voters at the European level she is arguably well-placed to take up this fight.
The press release goes onto explain Andreasen’s plans as follows:
What is Marta doing?
Since she confronted Prime Minister Zapatero in the opening session of the Spanish presidency, she has been busy gathering cross-party support to get the question debated at the European parliament.
She brought the matter up in the chamber not only to highlight the problem before the entire EU but also to let all parties know that she intends to pursue the matter.
Unlike Chris Bryant, the UK’s Europe minister, Marta remains unconditionally on the side of the all homeowners without admonishing, and is willing to challenge Spain (see article British government minister Chris Bryant lobbies for planning amnesty in Andalucia)
How can Marta help me?
Her aim is to apply enough pressure on the Spanish government to seek a fair and balanced treatment of all affected. Marta is listening and looking for a settlement for all, but cannot get involved in individual cases.
Marta’s action complements those of the individual homeowners as she is determined to apply political pressure through whatever means she has, including campaigning for the removal of subsidies. Her involvement is at the European political level.
What can I do?
Carry on your defending your home! We would not be able to succeed without the pressure applied on the Spanish authorities by the victims of this appalling affair; we are asking people to keep going through their existing legal teams, and see the processes through.
You can also write your MEP, and keep reminding them of the issue. We cannot fight this from a single political party base.
We will do everything we can until we have exhausted all avenues, but will stop short of making promises we cannot keep. We promise transparency in our action.
We will shortly start issuing regular information and will include you on the list. Feel free to contact me if you know of any news/cases that we could use.
Marta has become a member of the Petitions Committee of the European parliament, and will ensure that upcoming requests are given the importance they deserve.
She will also attend a march in Malaga on March 17, and meet with some of you (at a later date, to be announced).