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Question 19 June 2013 F Sosa Wagner (NI-UPyD)
Subject: Pollution in the Bay of Algeciras — new question
On a number of occasions I have asked the Commission about a repeated breach of EU legislation off the coast of Algeciras. Nine months ago, I drew attention to published photographs that showed waste from the airport, including runway cleaning fluids and rubbish, being dumped (E007803/2012). The Commission replied that it would contact the United Kingdom in order to ascertain the allegations.
1. What is the state of play of the Commission’s communications with the United Kingdom?
2. Does the Commission intend to take appropriate measures against the authorities of Gibraltar and the United Kingdom?
3. What immediate, effective action does it intend to take to stop this serious environmental damage?
Answer 6 August 2013 Commissioner Potočnik
The Commission would like to inform the Honourable Member that following preliminary contacts with the United Kingdom authorities on the matter concerning the pollution in the Bay of Algeciras the Commission will in the coming weeks proceed to formally asking the United Kingdom authorities to explain the related causes and the foreseen remedial actions.