Round Town News 7 10 2010
EU charter approved
A MARINA Alta town hall is believed to be only the second council in Spain to adopt Europe's Fundamental Charter on Human Rights.
Javea Town Hall has followed Benissa's lead in granting its citizens such things as guaranteed equal opportunity and possibly more importantly in Valencia and its notorious 'land grab' legislation protection of private property.
Every town hall across the country should respect the charter in any case as Spain signed the European Union's Treaty of Lisbon.
However, in Benissa, independent Councillor Lisa Svoboda won the backing of the local authority when she proposed the charter be adopted at a local level.
In Javea, another independent, Oscar Anton, won the backing of the Mayor Eduardo Montfort but was opposed by his old party Nueva Javea in getting his motion passed.
However, Councillor Anton failed in a call to establish a local commission to decide property issues. It means long and expensive legal battles are still the order of the day.
Costa Blanca News 15 10 2010
EU charter adopted
By Samantha Kett
JÁVEA'S recent decision to adopt the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights as part of its local law could have far-reaching effects for victims of the land-grab law, says Chuck Svoboda of Abusos Urbanísticos No.
Only the second town in Spain to adopt the Charter - after Benissa did so, largely at the instigation of Chuck's wife Lisa, who is on the council - Jávea's politicians were initially reticent about the move.
They claimed it was 'surplus to requirements' as 'Valencian law is already sufficient' in terms of human rights.