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Greek Coastline: positive new developments, 24 July 2014

24 July 2014


Greek Coastline: positive new developments.

ELLINIKI ETAIRIA – Society for the Environment & Cultural Heritage expresses satisfaction at the written statement of the Environment, Energy and Climate Change Minister, Mr. Yiannis Maniatis, on the draft law promoted by the Finance Ministry on coastal areas, which seems to forecast positive new developments:

“Τhe environmental protection of Greek coasts does not require a special bill for coastal areas and beaches, but only specific and simple regulations for institutional and legal protection as regards their reliable depiction on maps and charts” Minister Maniatis stated and added:
“The only purpose of the regulations for the delimitation and protection of the coastal areas and the beaches should be the creation of a modern tool for defining the coastal areas, which will allow the timely completion of the most critical of the institutional lines, over the whole territory, in a transparent, scientifically and environmentally reliable manner”.

ELLINIKI ETAIRIA – the Country Representation of Europa Nostra in Greece – which has been very active in raising public awareness as a member of civil society, took from the very beginning, a firm stance against the proposed draft law, presenting the adverse environmental, cultural and economic consequences that such a development model will have on the country (with the recent examples of Spain and Turkey), while stressing the need to encourage investments respecting the environment and local communities, for the economic development of Greece.

On this critical issue – which has touched the public opinion – Europa Nostra, the leading European Heritage organization has taken a clear position. The Executive President and Vice President of Europa Nostra, Mssrs Denis de Kergorlay and Costa Carras, sent a letter to the President of the European Commission Mr. Jose Manuel Barroso, on the 10th July, where they requested his intervention: «…we urge you to intervene with the Greek government in order to make necessary amendments to the proposed law currently under consideration by the Hellenic Parliament, with the view of ensuring full respect of a wide range of relevant EU policies and regulations. We believe that the proposed law must give special attention to ensuring due safeguard of the coastline on the Greek islands, which constitute a key resource for a sustainable tourism development in Greece. This would represent a major benefit for Greece’s economic, environmental and social development, and also an admirable achievement for yourself as the President of the European Commission». The Executive President of Europa Nostra Mr. Denis de Kergolay, also sent a letter to the Prime Minister Mr. Antonis Samaras, stressing the catastrophic consequences the proposed provisions will have on the social, economic and environmental cohesion of Greece.

See below:
- the letter to the President of the European Commission, Mr. Jose Manuel Barroso.
- the letter to the Prime Minister, Mr. Antonis Samaras.


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