EU rules Greece failed to pro­tect Caretta caretta

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Greece was found guilty yes­ter­day by the Euro­pean Court of Jus­tice of fail­ing to com­ply with Euro­pean Union rules con­cern­ing the pro­tec­tion of the en­dan­gered log­ger­head sea tur­tle (Caretta caretta) in the Bay of Ky­paris­sia, in the west­ern Pelo­pon­nese.

The court ac­cepted an ap­peal sub­mit­ted by the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion against Greece in 2011, which ac­cused the Greek state of fail­ing to ful­fill its obli­ga­tions con­cern­ing the con­ser­va­tion of nat­u­ral habi­tats and wild fauna and flora in the Bay of Ky­paris­sia, the tur­tle’s sec­ond big­gest Mediter­ranean re­pro­duc­tion habi­tat.

The coastal area is pro­tected un­der Natura 2000, an EU en­vi­ron­men­tal net­work set up to en­sure the sur­vival of en­dan­gered species and their habi­tats. How­ever, ac­cord­ing to the court’s rul­ing, Greek au­thor­i­ties al­lowed homes to be built and roads to be con­structed in the area in and around Aghi­an­naki and Vounaki in Ky­paris­sia Bay, among a long list of other vi­o­la­tions.

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