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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Villa Verde, Cape Verde Investment Scam: The Wild Goose Chase Continues! Letter to 'Write ...

Villa Verde, Cape Verde Investment Scam: The Wild Goose Chase Continues! Letter to 'Write ...: SO Charles Tannock MEP has replied and as normal we have been directed to yet another website and told to contact our local MEPs and MPs whi...

Sent to BBC Watchdog - but no response

Letter from another investor.

Please see the below emails, which I hope you have received although they have never been acknowledged.

We are now a group and desperately seeking justice in relation to this outrageous corruption! We need all the media we can get, but also all the innocent victims, some of whom have lost everything, need help!

Please help us get justice and possibly prevent such theft reoccurring through education and publicity.

We remain hopeful!

Monday, 16 October 2017

Villa Verde, Cape Verde Investment Scam: How the EU has failed us!!

Villa Verde, Cape Verde Investment Scam: How the EU has failed us!!: On numerous occasions we have been told by MEPs that because Cape Verde is not within the EU, they cannot help us....... well according to t...

How the EU has failed us!!

On numerous occasions we have been told by MEPs that because Cape Verde is not within the EU, they cannot help us....... well according to this rule they should be helping us!!!!

As from 10 January 2015, Regulation 44/2001/EC will be replaced by Regulation 1215/2012 on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgements in civil and commercial matters (recast).  Under the new rules, the consumer will be able to sue in the Member State of his domicile the other party to the contract, even if the latter is not domiciled in a EU Member State, but directs its activities to a Member State.

This actually came from the Head of the European Commission in Brussels in a letter to one of our group members stating that our rights are not being adhered to and because the developer cancelled our contracts without refunding our money we are entitled to get our money refunded!

So why then, is not one MEP, not one MP, not one government official in Cape Verde helping us achieve what is rightfully ours?  My guess is they don't want to.  They had the money, they lost the money and now they want to forget the money.  Well that's not right and it's not lawful, as per the regulation above.

Foreign AID to Cape Verde and the corrupt EU

Correspondence has now been sent to Department for International Development @DFID_UK, to request that in light of what we have experienced no more money should be sent on behalf of British citizens to Cape Verde.

We do not believe the money helps people in poverty.

The Cape Verde government has been given plenty of opportunity to sort the situation out with regards to Vila Verde, the resort we invested in.  If they had been able to negotiate and come to an agreement, people who are desperately in need of work in Cape Verde would now have jobs working on the resort.

On a personal level, my investment was primarily to make money (obviously), but I chose Cape Verde as it was an African country and I wanted to help lift people out of poverty.  I thought the investment was safe as it was EU endorsed and I thought I was being self-reliant as well as helping others.  The result being even if I have helped anyone in poverty, the investment has left myself and others, maybe not in poverty, but a lot worse of than was promised!

On dealing with the ongoing issue, investors have found Cape Verde to be full of corruption, have highlighted the EU to be also full of corruption and for that reason, I do not believe the British taxpayer should be sold the lie of helping people out of poverty when in fact it is helping rich people get richer!

Reply to Mr Wiens (EU Delegate to Cape Verde) from a very Disgruntled Cape Verde Investor

I appreciate you hadn't intended to bring this matter up, but I was requesting that you do.

Tecnicil, the property development company that many British people invested with, sold on the basis that it was within EU regulations, we paid in Euros and the contract was in Portuguese law.

If you are trying to negotiate better investment, surely it is in your best interest for people to be selling Cape Verde on their good experiences for you and not disgruntled investors continually down-talking the country for being a risky investment to avoid.

With regards to poverty, that was one of my reasons for investing in Africa and because it had been negotiated within the EU it made it a safer investment, otherwise knowing how corrupt African governments are, I would not of chosen to do so.  In fact I would of avoided at all costs and would now on my experience advise others to avoid at all costs, because even though the country is in partnership with the EU, the EU do not want to help resolve any corruption that happens even after their endorsements.

The legal system has let many people down, the EU has let people down and Cape Verde has let many people down who in good faith tried to help them.  It is such a shame you are happy to see this happen and sit back and allow it to happen to people.

I appreciate your response, but the more we are brushed off, the harder we fight for justice.  We have already made a number of steps forward in our plight and stopped further investors from making the same mistake as we have and also stopped TV producers from marketing Cape Verde on British TV.  We continue to blog, send and write reviews on tourist and property investment sites and many people are now slowly becoming wised up to the fact, that investing in Cape Verde is not a good idea which will not make your job any easier.  I would love to make your job easier and be able to promote Cape Verde for giving me a great investment opportunity and fulfil my dreams at the same time.

May I also add that holiday makers returning with viruses will not help the tourist industry and that is something we are yet to fully investigate and report.  If you do go to Cape Verde be careful what you eat and drink.  I would recommend self-catering, but preferably not in the apartment that I paid for, but never received! It was a one bedroom Penthouse on the Vila Verde resort that maybe you could visit and see how it has been held back by all the legal litigation still going on and how they can't do anything as they have breached contracts and not resolved the problem.

May I also add that I played a very active role in the Brexit vote and continue to do so as I have experienced first hand that globalisation and the EU are playing an active role in advancing the world to benefit global elites and may I also remind you that if you really were trying to help benefit people in poverty in Cape Verde, you would want Vila Verde to be successful as it would provide employment opportunities to the local poor people.

You are getting it all wrong and it is very transparent what is happening.  If you want equality, you cannot steal from some to give to others and not give to the people the investment opportunities were intended to help and keep the money from the people you stole from.  That is extortion and that will be the EU's legacy if you do not start to do things differently.

EU Delegation to Cape Verde - Meeting with Cape Verdean Government

A letter was written to the EU Delegation to bring our matter up in order for it to be bought to an end.

Well the response was.

Thank you very much for your email.

There is no particular meeting between the EU and Cape Verde coming up with regard to the case of the Vila Verde Resort.

Within the institutional framework of the EU-Cape Verde Special Partnership we do however have a very regular interaction with various government agencies which among the various other priorities of this Special Partnership seeks to help improve the business climate with a view to stimulating economic growth and social development and to reduce poverty.

As you might be aware, the EU Delegation has also facilitated the establishment of an association of European businesses in Cape Verde, which now maintains a regular and constructive dialogue with the government with the aim of improving the overall framework for external investment and the creation of growth and jobs. 

Under the EU Treaties, the EU does not however have competence to promote or defend the interests of individual companies or specific private-interest projects. This remains the prerogative of their respective EU member states. 

Kind regards,

Ulrich Weins
Head of Political Section, Press and Information
EU Delegation to Cape Verde