New EU fine for lax waste man­age­ment

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The Euro­pean Court of Jus­tice yesterday im­posed a 10-mil­lion-euro fine on Greece for vi­o­lat­ing Euro­pean reg­u­la­tions re­gard­ing the man­age­ment of ur­ban waste­water, not­ing that the coun­try has failed to en­force an eight-yearold rul­ing or­der­ing it to “ad­e­quately treat and dis­pose of ur­ban waste­water.”

The rul­ing re­lates to sub­stan­dard waste­water dis­posal sys­tems in six ar­eas: Le­fkimmi on Corfu, and Markopoulo, Koropi, Nea Makri, Ra­fina and Artemida, all in eastern At­tica.

Ac­cord­ing to Euro­pean reg­u­la­tions, the fine will in­crease by 3.64 mil­lion eu­ros for ev­ery six months it re­mains un­paid.

How­ever, in its rul­ing the court noted that it would take into ac­count the fact that Greece is un­will­ing to pay the full amount due to the con­trac­tion of its econ­omy over the years.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, the por­tion of the fine re­lat­ing to Le­fkimmi is ex­pected to be re­duced as im­prove­ments to the lo­cal waste dis­posal sys­tem have been made over the past two years. Greek author­i­ties aim to con­vince EU of­fi­cials that sig­nif­i­cant steps have been taken in Markopoulo too. In Koropi works are still un­der way, in Nea Makri they have re­ceived the green light but are yet to be­gin, while in Ra­fina and Artemida lo­cal author­i­ties con­tinue to op­pose the cre­ation of ir­ri­ga­tion net­works and waste man­age­ment fa­cil­i­ties.

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