Victims’ group denied access to file on Spain’s 2013 fatal train derailment that killed 80

THE EU has refused to allow a group representing the victims of a railway accident that claimed the lives of 80 people access to a file opened in its wake.

The European Commission said the group, representing people affected by the 2013 railway derailment in Galicia’s Santiago de Compostela, could not access the non-compliance file opened against Spain. 

The group said it had requested access to the document for transparency and security reasons. The European Commission said its refusal was due in part to maintaining a climate of “mutual trust” between Brussels and Madrid.

The group said: “The disclosure of the document has a higher public interest, to ensure the safety of travellers and workers on Spanish and European trains. There is no greater public interest than safeguarding lives.”

Tens of people were killed and around 140 were injured after the Alvia high-speed train derailed near Santiago de Compòstela in July 2013. There were 218 people onboard the train in total.

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