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Government on protests over Keratea landfill

Δημοσίευση 14 Δεκεμβρίου 2010, 10:07 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Government on protests  over Keratea landfill
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Government spokesman George Petalotis stressed on Monday that the plans to create a landfill in Keratea were part of a general regional waste management plan for Attica that was legal and had been accepted by the Council of State.

Government spokesman George Petalotis stressed on Monday that the plans to create a landfill in Keratea were part of a general regional waste management plan for Attica that was legal and had been accepted by the Council of State.

The spokesman was commenting on violent clashes between police and Keratea residents protesting against the planned landfill over the weekend.

Petalotis stressed that Greece was obliged to have its own waste management network by the European Union and was currently having to huge fines for illegal and dangerously polluting dumps that were spread around the country, which were each costing the government 200,000 euro a day.

He also pointed out that there were currently three such illegal dumps within Keratea itself, one of which had caught fire and was burning for three months in 2007.

The spokesman stressed that the planned landfill would bring Greece in line with EU requirements and those of protecting the environment, greatly benefit Attica's entire population of five million people. He also stressed that, if work on the landfill had not begun, Greece would have lost EU funding available for the project.