Greece Will Mark Its Coasts

ATHENS – After pulling back a bill that would have allowed runaway development on beaches, the Greek government has submitted to Parliament legislation that will mark out the country’s coastline.

According to the provision in the draft law, aerial photographs taken in 2008 and 2009 will be used to identify the coast, which will be defined as stretching to at least 300 meters from the shoreline.

The new charts will then be submitted to the national land register. The process is expected to be completed by 2016.

The proposals are a reversal of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ plans to allow building on the coasts and on beaches to bring in revenues, an idea which was lambasted by critics and environmentalists.