Court ver­dict voids zon­ing plan for tourism

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Greece has been left with­out a na­tional zon­ing plan for the tourism sec­tor af­ter the Coun­cil of State can­celed the sec­ond such scheme in a new de­ci­sion.

The land use plan thrown out by the coun­try’s high­est ad­min­is­tra­tive court was the orig­i­nal scheme adopted. It had been re­placed by a sec­ond plan, which was in­tro­duced in 2013 but re­jected by the Coun­cil of State in 2015 af­ter judges de­cided that the proper pro­ce­dure had not been fol­lowed.

This meant that the orig­i­nal plan came into ef­fect again. How­ever, an ap­peal was launched against the orig­i­nal scheme in 2009 by six non­govern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions. The le­gal ac­tion was paused when the sec­ond land use scheme was adopted but be­came ac­tive again when the court voided it.

The lat­est de­ci­sion by judges means that in the ab­sence of a na­tional zon­ing plan, the re­gional schemes will have to ap­ply. The prob­lem, though, is that the lo­cal laws were adopted in 2003 and are not up to date. They do not, for in­stance, cover some new types of tourist de­vel­op­ment. New re­gional plans have been ready for the last cou­ple of years but the En­ergy and En­vi­ron­ment Min­istry has yet to adopt them.

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