À Comissão Europeiaem 19.9.2017, com conhecimento da Comissão Parlamentar do Ambiente, Ordenamento do Território, Descentralização, Poder Local e Habitação.
the responses of the Portuguese Government to the MPs, Jorge Costa,
José Manuel Pureza and Pedro Soares, and the few elements of the project
made available at their request, we would like to add to our report
from May 24th 2017 the following information:
To the present date
the National Agency for Environment (APA) and the office of the
Operational Programme for Sustainability and Efficiency in the Use of
Resources (POSEUR) did not disclose the afor mentioned project, despite
of our several requests. On June 6th 2017 we reported to the Commission
for the Accessibility of Administrative Documents (CADA) the lack of
reply. However no reply was given by the commission either.
ongoing construction has been suspended during the summer holidays.
Nevertheless, neither legal announcement could be seen at the work site
nor publicity with the mandatory information, going against specific
regulation for projects funded by the EU.
The response of the
Government to the MPs is not fully supported. Relevant information is
omitted, or contradicts other documentation referred, such as:
Government denies the intention of building a concrete wall at the sea
front, although this has been planned for the beach of Cabedelo;
Government denies the intention of sand mining at the beaches, although
this has been planned for Cabedelo, Leirosa and Vagueira, is a common
practice among APA projects and has already been carried out at one of
the sites - HTTPS://VIMEO.COM/217989415.
information that came to our knowledge is worrying. Beside the
aggravation of the sedimentary deficit by sand mining there has been an
attempt to oppose the sea with artificial, costly and inefficient
elements, whereas the official plan (POC) for this area only predicts
the beach nourishment with sand from the north side of the harbor pier
that interrupts the natural drift of sand. One can conclude that EU
funds are being used against the strategy that should be followed.
the official recognition in POC of the surf quality at Cabedelo and the
commitment to the protection of the submerged beach, the Portuguese
Government is destroying the beach, claiming on no grounds that the
waves will not suffer any impact. This attitude reveals a carelessness
and profound ignorance on the sand dynamics and its role in the
sustainability of the submerged beach, where the waves are formed thus
promoting the dissipation of the energy at a safe distance from shore,
therefore preventing its erosion.
The Portuguese Government does
not support its statements in the enrolled strategy, the scientific
community formal reports (GTL), National coastal program actions
(POC), European funding program goals (POSEUR), or in common sense. In
fact, it is hard to understand why the Government stands for sand
balance in parliament and continues to allow sand mining on the beach.
questioned about sediment balancing actions, the Government only
refered to the intention for a singular transfer of sand and the ongoing study
for the use of offshore sand reserves. By doing this, the urge for a
permanent sand transposition of man made obstacles (bypass) was
completely ignored. We stress that both scientific community
recommendations and official programs consider the bypass of utter most
importance for the sustainability of the coastal protection based on
The Portuguese Government has often mistaken
singular transposition (shots) with continuous transposition of the
sand drift along the shore (sand bypassing) in an irresponsible manner.
This attitude, promotes the depletion of financial EU resources
originally intended to implement long term solutions for the coastal
protection and the mitigation of climate change effects upon the shore.