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Offshore Oil Drilling: ASMAA appeals to European Citizens to join its judicial action against the drilling

On April 6, 2018, ASMAA filed with the Administrative and Fiscal Tribunal of Loulé (TAF) an action to request the cancellation of oil contracts in the Alentejo Basin, alleging the breach of various contractual and administrative procedures, and process illegalities.

Also on August 14, 2018, ASMAA challenged in the TAF of Loulé the decision of the National Entidade Mercados Combustíveis (ENMC) of January 9, as well as the opinion of the Portuguese Environment Agency (APA) of May 16, 2018 regarding the lack of requirement for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to be conducted by the ENI / Galp consortium.

 

Lawyers for the Government and ENI / GALP seek to annul the class action by invoking the illegitimacy of the association to represent thousands of people opposing oil drilling. As a result the court issued a ruling, whereby citizens and organizations are invited to communicate in writing that they support of ASMAA’s class action to the court. ASMAA now needs your support, in order to ensure that the class action will proceed and be judged, and not overturned solely on the basis of administrative tricks by the opposing legal team.

 

In spite of what is being argued by the opposing parties, we lodged the class action with the legitimacy we have to represent the tens of thousands of people who opposed and continue to oppose the deep offshore drilling off the coast of Aljezur.

 

An advertisement was published in the newspaper O Público (page 40) on Friday 21 September 2018, on instructions from the Administrative and Fiscal court of Loulé, giving notice to all interested parties to state, within 10 days of its publication, their wish and willingness to be represented by ASMAA in this class action.

 

ASMAA has published a draft letter that you can use to express your wishes to be represented in the class action by ASMAA - so long as you are a citizen of an European Union member state. This letter must be filled in, signed and posted and/or emailed to the court.  Please email a copy  to ASMAA as well.

 

At a time when the opposition to oil drilling is intensifying, with the acceptance of a precautionary measure by the Loulé TAF, the exposure of numerous conflicts of interest between the state and the private sector is becoming blatantly clear. We can all clearly see the pressure exerted by the government to decide against the will of the people of Algarve and Alentejo. As a result, it is important to reinforce the necessity for people to become actively involved through the official representation mandate to ASMAA.

We therefore count on your adhesion and support, and request that you add the necessary personal information in the attached draft letter that you will find below, that you sign it, scan it, and post it to the court by registered letter with acknowledgment of receipt, or email it directly to the court with copy to us. We request for reasons of monitoring that you send us a copy of your submission to the court, to ASMAA via the following emails: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

The voice of citizens, municipalities and organizations must be heard!

 

 

GUIDELINES

Herewith guidelines on how to ensure that ASMAA can, legally and with the full support of the Portuguese legal system, be the VOICE of us all in this matter.

Who can sign the declaration?

Any Portuguese citizen, as well as any citizen of an European Union member country, associations, foundations and local authorities.

Where and how can we send the declaration?

By registered letter with acknowledgment of receipt

For attention of: Judge of Law: Dr Maria Helena Paulino Costa Meirinho Filipe

Administrative and Fiscal Tribunal of Loulé

Unidade Orgânica Nº 1

Rua Dra. Laura Ayres, 8100-851, Loulé

Please email us a copy of the letter in PDF or Jpeg format to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for audit purposes.

 

Through Email

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Subject: Case 185 / 18.0BELLE-A

 

 

IMPORTANT NOTES:

1. Last day to send the mandate letter is the next Friday, September 28th!

2. Letter must be in the Portuguese format. (Although you can add  the English one as well but it will not have legal stand!)

3. You can download a DRAFT of the mandate letters in the "attachments" section at the bottom of this page

 

For more information or if you have doubts please contact us by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

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+1 # willemijn de jongh 2018-10-15 06:38
Congratulations with the results so far!
I regret that I didn't know about the ClassAction. I should have written a mandate letter too.
Will ASMAA make use of this legal instrument again in the future? And if so, can I still become part of it?

Kind regards
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0 # ASMAA 2018-10-15 08:55
Thank you for your kind words. We will use a Class Action again in future if its the appropriate process to represent the interests of the collective and nature rights. A Class Action does not apply to every situation thou.

Kind regards
The ASMAA Team
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+1 # Francois Dovat 2018-09-22 21:50
So, since Switzerland is not in the EU,Swiss citizens can't sign it, can they?
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0 # ASMAA 2018-09-22 22:00
Dear Francois, thanks for your question, but as far as we have been informed countries that are part of the Eurozone but not the EU may not qualify.

I shall confirm on Monday.

Kind regards
Laurinda Seabra
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+1 # João gomes 2018-09-22 16:35
Vai seguir Laurinda
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