At a recent special general meeting for all the Carmenes del Mar communities, the lawyer who represents the residents in the ongoing court case presented a summary of the current status of the legal proceedings, and his recommendations for future actions to be taken. The attached documents contain a summary, in Spanish, English, French and German, of the issues discussed at the meeting.
Between 22 and 25 May 2014 elections to the European Parliament will be held in all member states of the European Union. This presents us with a great opportunity to contact our MEPs and to ask them to raise the Carmenes del Mar cause in the European Parliament. By demonstrating to the Spanish administration that our case is an international issue that reflects badly on Spain's attempts to encourage tourism and external investment, we hope to encourage the Junta de Andalucia and Central Government in Madrid to act to protect our homes and our investments.
A number of neighbours have already received encouraging replies from their MEPs. We encourage everyone to send an email or letter to their local representative and to let us know what response they get. You can find the email address of your MEP on the following website: Find your MEP
Attached are sample letters in English, Spanish, French and German, as well as a copy of the reply one of our neighbours received from her MEP.
Our petition to the Irish Embassy has had a very successful outcome. The consul has shown great concern and interest in the plight of the property owners in Carmenes del Mar and has written on our behalf to both the Minister for Development & Housing in the Junta de Andalucia, as well as a number of other ministers and to the Mayor of Almuñecar. Thanks to everyone who signed the petition - it has now been closed so you will no longer be able to sign it.
However, we encourage our neighbours of all other nationalities to do likewise and contact their embassy or consulate and ask them to please support their compatriots in our struggle to preserve and protect our homes in Carmenes del Mar.
Here follows the text of a sample letter that you can use to contact your Embassy and ask them to rasie their concerns with the ...
We have set up a petition at Change.org asking the Irish Embassy to intercede with Central Government and the Junta de Andalucia on behalf of the Irish owners in Carmenes del Mar. Now we need to do the same for the other nationalities who have bought houses in Carmenes del Mar. We need volunteers of each nationality to similarly petition the British, German, Danish and other embassies in Spain. If you would like to volunteer please contact us and we will help you to set up the petition.
On the opening day of the Carmenes del Mar trial the spokesperson for the Izquierda Unida political party in Almuñecar, Fermín Tejero, showed his support for the "victims of a political corruption based on speculation and easy money" when he declared his "indignation at seeing how the promoter of Carmenes del Mar are trying to blame the property owners for the situation in which they find themselves."
For the IU spokesman, "Crimenes (Crimes) del Mar is the result of a close collaboration between corrupt politicians, promoters anxious for easy money, and technicians willing to sell themselves to the highest bidder. It is unacceptable that all of those politically responsible for the development are passing the buck and saying, with monumental cowardice, that it wasn't them. It is indecent that the promoters, a family of multimillionaires, accuse the buyers of the properties of not having adequately maintained the urbanization. And it is shameful that the technicians ...
Gathered here is a selection of the articles about the start of the Carmenes del Mar trial that have appeared in the Spanish press. We will be posting some English translations soon, so check back here in a couple of days,
After an at times unbelievable series of delays, the long-awaited Carmenes del Mar trial finally got under way on Friday, February 7th, in Granada's Court of First Instance. In the first of 8 sessions, the presidents of the urbanization that make up Carmenes del Mar described how, when the property owners bought their homes, they did not know that Almuñecar Town Hall had not officially accepted the urbanisation project, a step that has still not been taken 10 years later. "The houses had their Licences of First Occupation, we pay our IBI, the waste collection and electricity bills. We thought that the initial flaws were construction defects", says one of the affected owners.
Lawyers for the 8 accused have insisted that the urbanization suffered breakages and ruptured pipes, such as one in the mains water supply pipes, that the owners did not react to and repair in time and in the ...
Last night's episode of Comando Actualidad featured a segment about Carmenes del Mar. You can watch it online on the RTVE website here. The part of the program that talks about Carmenes del Mar starts 11 minutes and 20 seconds into the program.