• Illegal road action

    The Commission has said it might take legal action against Spain over a road-widening scheme near the capital, Madrid, which did not have a proper environmental impact assessment (EIA).

    Brussels had threatened Madrid with legal action last year, but suspended its action after the Madrid regional government agreed to carry out a retrospective EIA. That decision was criticised by Spanish NGOs as accepting an illegal scheme simply because it had been partially completed, and since road widening work has continued, the Commission has now said it is ‘urgently analysing’ its decision to freeze legal proceedings last year.