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European Court of Justice Condemns Greece for Failing to Comply with Eco Policy

Schinias national park marshland. Credit: Seisma/Wikimedia Commons

The Court of Justice of the European Union on Thursday slammed Greece for failing to set conservation targets for protected habitats, a process that should have been completed by 2012, Kathimerini reports.
Greece has been reluctant to implement substantial environmental protection measures for years.
Specifically, the court said 81.5 percent of Greece’s protected habitats were not covered by any measure, in accordance with the general framework established in 2011, which stipulates the implementation of specific measures.
Greece took measures for the national parks of Schinias-Marathon and Koroneia-Volvi, but the court said the measures do not relate to specifically designated conservation zones and do not take into account their characteristics.
The court also argued that the measures for the two areas were too general and vague.