Greek government puts turtles, tourism and Zakynthos at risk

Coastal & MarinE-News

Athens, 18 July 2014 – The recent decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (EU) to condemn Greece for the operation of a landfill within the National Marine Park of Zakynthos, did not come as a surprise.  Rather, it was the sad result of unprecedented negligence for one of the most important ecological sites and tourist destinations in Greece.
The Court decision notes that Greece neglected to take measures to seal the overfull landfill site which is not functioning properly.  On the contrary, responsible authorities allowed the landfill to continue operating without ensuring that it complied with European environmental legislation.  For several years the landfill operated without the necessary permits and environmental conditions.  In 2011 the authorities committed to restoring the site and preventing a landfill collapse, but instead the landfill operation license was renewed until 2015 in complete disregard of European regulations that apply to “Natura 2000”…

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