The Junta of Andalucia regional government have cancelled the fine that they imposed on the Outlet Fair held back in February this year. The Feria was held in the marquee used for the previous weeks carnival events and consisted of various small stalls selling goods at ‘outlet’ prices.

The Junta claimed that the fair contravened the Andalucian Trading Act, which prohibits shops larger than 300 square metres in size from opening on a Sunday and imposed a €3000 fine on the organisers. Although the individual stalls were smaller than this size, the marquee that the event was held in was bigger than 300m2, hence the justification for the fine. The Nerja Business Assocation and the local council both called on the Junta to revoke the fine and cancelled the next fair due to be held in September.

The Junta have now shelved the fine, claiming that as the fair was held in a public space (Plaza España) the Trading Act did not apply, which opens the way for more fairs to be held.

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