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Environmental Groups Slam Greek Coastal Development Bill

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Environmental groups in Greece have slammed a draft law on coastal development prepared by the Greek Finance Ministry, Greek newspaper Kathimerini has reported.

The draft law lifts a number of current restrictions on the maximum area designated for beach concessions – such as bars, umbrellas and sun loungers – while abolishing the right to unhindered access to the coast for the public.

The proposed measures would also facilitate permanent constructions on beaches for commercial purposes, while making it possible for businesses to pay fines to legalize unlicensed constructions.

Kathimerini notes that the last provision comes into conflict with the Greek Environment Ministry’s ongoing campaign to demolish illegal buildings.

The finance ministry claims that the new framework will delineate the Greek coastline and simplify construction on and management of coastal areas. Friday, 2 May, was the last day of public consultation, launched on April 17.

Several environmental groups – including WWF Greece, the Hellenic Ornithological Society and Archelon, a sea turtle protection NGO – have argued that the proposed legislation will cause irreversible damage to Greece’s fragile ecosystem and in the long term damage its tourism sector.

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