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Greece told to reorganize its waste-processing

05 August 2009 / 19:08:29  GRReporter
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A letter addressed to the Greek government advises that serious measures need to be taken in regard to environmental protection. The letter was sent by Directorate General "Regional policy" head commissioner Danuta Hübner and the head of DG Environment Stavros Dimas, signed by the Minister of environment, Gianis Papathanassiou, the Minister of interior, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, Mr. Georgios Souflias, as well as by the head of the interdepartmental commission, Mr. Atanasios Nakos.

The text refers to the out-of-date current garbage processing methods and the need of a new approach in coping with waste management in the area of Attica. According to the letter, the dumping ground is not capable of effectively coping with the work needed to cover the waste-processing needs. This is why the government is advised to encourage new technology development in this area, such as high temperature processing with high energetic effectiveness.

Commission members note that the existing dumping-ground has limited lifetime, which demands new decisions that would involve the government in the search of solution. This calls for stronger political will; otherwise the country risks loosing European funds and "other undesirable outcomes," warns the Commission.

Besides the efforts that the European Union is making, local authorities need to handle the resistance against the innovative projects in Gramatiko and Karateya. The society needs to be convinced in the benefits these modern projects carry with them. People should be shown new technologies, like thermal processing for example, that are environmental-friendly, and can preserve Attica's land and water. 

At the same time, Peloponnese peninsula lacks clear organization in waste collection, with 400 illegal dumping-grounds being registered, bearing huge fines for the country.

Diliyana Ivanova

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