Well done Ruth.
Just some observations about the lack of accountability in Spain.
I and others have been debating on EOS ad infinitum about the delays within the justice system over the past few years (if not more!) and their impact on the ACTUAL implementation of justice, and how illegal asset stripping, just as one example, has been used to avoid accountability.
The immediate protection of assets at the point of successful judgement is all in this scenario. As far as I am aware it is illegal to asset strip once an enforcement order has been petitioned (after successful judgement). Is this correct Maria?
The problem arises therefore where an enforcement order is petitioned but not issued due to major court delays (sometimes years!), and in the interim the offending party asset strips in order to avoid accountability.
Under this scenario the Spanish justice system has therefore ultimately compromised all too many people who have followed this legal route, when assets were available at the time they won their legal judgements, but have been denied their rights specifically due to delaying implementation of the legal processes in place to protect the purchaser. Isn’t that correct Maria?
This without doubt appears to be the crux of the matter, and the more people that come forward to demonstrate the injustice relating to this lack of accountability in Spain through the existing justice system that is in complete disarray, the LACK OF TIME CONTRAINTS on the legal processes to protect the fair application of law, the lack of commitment by the Spanish Government to address these BASIC requirements for a fair, workable, effective justice system in Spain, has to be stressed. And not just stressed to those caught up in this nightmare, but also to ALL potential purchasers in Spain. Only when this form of pressure on the Spanish Government is in place from all quarters (including the legal professionals), will the Government ever respond to this vital issue and the requirement for fair and adequate compensation.
No longer can it be falsely claimed that responsibility lies with the consumer. Injustice is now occurring at a phenominal rate as a direct consequence of an incompetent system of justice in Spain .
Only when we get this message across to the wider media, of the government’s failure to provide consumer protection (via Ruth's petition etc), with a justice system that fails to protect assets in the interim, can it ever be claimed that Spain has a transparent, fair and workable system of justice.
The other option alongside this, is to look to the EU parliament, identify this lack of rights within a member state and call for a compensation fund to be established (taken from Spain's EU contributions). This to date has been questioned by the implication that Spain has a justice system in place to effect the law............ but NOT SO as things stand I'm afraid. And sadly we all bear witness to this.
So we have to present the facts to prove that this is the case. There is no competent, and I stress that word, competent, system of justice in place to effect the law in Spain and thereby ensure adequate protection to EU citizens, so long as these abusive delays with no time contraints in place and all related accountability issues in Spain remain unresolved.
We have to work together on this and push and push and push (boring this isn't it?) for an effective and accountable system of law in Spain. Prove to the media, the EU parliament, the Spanish Government, our own Government, whoever, that this status quo cannot remain and places all at risk in the interim AND IN THE FORSEEABLE FUTURE.
Until it is proven that the law will be upheld and recompense/compensation is forthcoming according to the law, then we have to keep stressing the message BUYER BEWARE.