Reference: SG/E/2014/05/PR
Received Date: 14 May 2014
Subject: Mediterranean Railway Corridor
Complainant: Confidential
Allegations: Failure to carry out proper consultation and evaluation of impacts
Type: E - Environmental and social impacts of financed projects
Outcome*: Prevention
Recommendations: no

* Admissibility date reflects the date the case was officially registered. All other dates pertain to the date in which a stage was completed.

Case Description


On 27 January 2017, the EIB Complaints Mechanism (EIB-CM) received a complaint concerning the alleged failure to carry out proper consultation and evaluation of impacts of the project “Mediterranean Railway Corridor" in Spain.

EIB-CM Action

Following a preliminary review of the case, the EIB-CM has taken note that the EIB operational team has not finalised the due diligence of the project and that the EIB Management Committee has not taken yet a decision to finance it. In this context, the complaint has been transferred to the Bank’s operational services.


The EIB operational services responded to the complainant to inform him/her that the EIB has recently started its appraisal of the project and will carefully review and assess the issues raised by the complainant as part of its standard due diligence procedures and in close cooperation with the stakeholders involved. Once the EIB appraisal has been finalised, additional information regarding the EIB's assessment of the project will be published on the EIB's website.

Project Information