'Property scandals are national shame': Aroca
9 November 2006, MADRID — One of Spain's leading architects said on Thursday corruption linked to property has become a 'social blot'.
9 November 2006
MADRID — One of Spain's leading architects said on Thursday corruption linked to property has become a 'social blot'.
Ricardo Aroca, the dean of the Official College of Architects of Madrid, proposed banning all land from being reclassified for a number of years to stop the tide of scandals.
Aroca said: "In this country there is enough land reclassified to last many years."
In Spain, land is often reclassified from rural to urban to allow property developers to build homes.
Aroca said the series of recent scandals, in which property developers have been linked to corrupt councillors or mayors in cities across the country, are not "party political".
"It is a social blot. In reality, it is so easy to make money by reclassifying land so that, independently from our principles, there are some who cannot resist and then there is a scandal," he added.
"It is very difficult to find people with sufficient moral fibre to resist these terrible temptations. The problem is a system which puts these temptations in front of people."
Aroca said he believed the recent spate of scandals were only the "tip of the iceberg".
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news