Three beaches have their Blue Flag taken away

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Three beaches in dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try have been stripped of their Blue Flag cer­tifi­cates af­ter fail­ing to pass in­spec­tions for the ser­vices they pro­vide.

Kakia Lan­gada on the south­ern Io­nian is­land of Kythira, Nea Hora in Ha­nia on Crete’s north­ern coast, and Kalo Nero in the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Tri­fylia in Messinia in the south­west­ern Pelo­pon­nese were found to be in vi­o­la­tion of stan­dards ap­plied in the judg­ing of some of the world’s best beaches.

In­spec­tors from the Hel­lenic So­ci­ety for the Pro­tec­tion of Na­ture con­cluded that the ser­vices and clean­li­ness of the three or­ga­nized beaches were be­low par, while fa­cil­ity man­agers also failed to abide by in­ter­na­tional safety reg­u­la­tions or take mea­sures to pro­tect the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment.

Though the qual­ity of the bathing wa­ters was found to be ex­cel­lent in all three lo­ca­tions, the beaches will not be el­i­gi­ble for the an­nual Blue Flag award next year and will have to make im­prove­ments if they want to be nom­i­nated in the year af­ter that.

Blue Flag is an in­ter­na­tional cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­gram run by the Copenhagen-based Foun­da­tion for En­vi­ron­men­tal Ed­u­ca­tion.

With 395 Blue Flags awarded in May, Greece came in third place among 50 coun­tries in Europe, Africa, New Zealand, the Caribbean as well as Brazil and Canada for the qual­ity of its beaches this year.

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