"The Spanish Government is right to protect Spain's beautiful coastline and I applaud the care it is now taking to do so in a way that improves legal certainty and due process for citizens who own property on the Spanish coast or who are thinking of doing so. The preliminary draft law will be available online over the coming weeks and I call on everyone with an interest in this issue – who owns or wants to buy property in Spain for example – to look at the draft law online to understand what these changes would mean and to make any necessary comments," said Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU's Justice Commissioner.
The draft law would extend the period of the existing concession to enjoy possession of properties built in the protected zone (public domain) from 30 years to 75 years.
It would also introduce the possibility to sell this interest in the property – subject to prior authorisation – and to renovate the buildings situated in this zone, as long as this would not imply a change in the volume, height or surface of the property.
In addition, the public administration will be obliged to register the definitive and provisional demarcation line in the property register, so that purchasers will be better informed about whether the property is situated in a protected area and the exact location and extension of this area.
The demarcation lines will also be published on the website of the Spanish Ministry for Environment.