Ab­ject in­ep­ti­tude

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This coun­try’s ab­ject in­ep­ti­tude when it comes to deal­ing ef­fec­tively with such fun­da­men­tal is­sues as waste man­age­ment is quite im­pres­sive. And the blame does not lie solely with suc­ces­sive gov­ern­ments or the state, but also mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, re­gional author­i­ties and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. Only in Greece can im­por­tant projects like or­ga­nized land­fills and sewage treat­ment plants be de­layed for years be­cause of the lu­di­crous re­ac­tions of a small mi­nor­ity that drag down the en­tire com­mu­nity. In the last 20 years at least, we have had am­ple op­por­tu­ni­ties to solve so many prob­lems by mak­ing use of Euro­pean Com­mu­nity fund­ing. Yet the in­com­pe­tence of lo­cal lords and the end­less de­bates about what should be done and where have led to the cur­rent dead end and mil­lions of eu­ros in em­bar­rass­ing and ill-af­forded fines from the Euro­pean Union. De­ci­sions need to be made now, even by may­ors and re­gional gover­nors who are fright­ened of show­ing any sign of de­ter­mi­na­tion and pre­fer to spout hot air rather than leave some­thing to show for them­selves.

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