WWF Says Greece Still Not Friendly Toward Environment

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2018 photo seagulls eat from the garbage at the country's largest landfill at Fyli on the outskirts of Athens. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

ATHENS – Greece’s environment hasn’t fared any better under the ruling Radical Left SYRIZA than previous governments who moved to allow building in state forests and didn’t curb unlawful construction with the World Wildife Fund (WWF) saying conditions haven’t improved.

The group’s 14th annual report cited devastating wildfires in east Attica last summer, Greece’s continued violation of European Court rulings, including allowing continued use of and landfills despite fines of 100 million euros ($114.06 million), and unclear licensing regulations for seismic exploration and allowing companies to hunt for oil and gas as anti-environment.

the unclear licensing framework with regard to seismic exploration and oil and gas extraction.

“The Greek state must safeguard the respect for environmental legislation and unimpeded access to this information as is appropriate to a country governed by the rule of law,” WWF Hellas’s legal coordinator Giorgos Hasiotis said, Kathimerini reported.

“The report on the implementation of environmental legislation that we present each year reveals significant gaps and shortcomings that must be addressed by the relevant bodies,” he added.

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