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Court gives go-ahead for Keratea landfill

Δημοσίευση 11 Ιανουαρίου 2011, 12:49 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Court gives go-ahead for Keratea landfill
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The Council of State, Greece's supreme administrative court, on Monday rejected a request by the Keratea municipality to stop construction of a landfill in the area, dismissing the municipality's arguments against the ministerial order for the 15.4-hectare landfill.

The Council of State, Greece's supreme administrative court, on Monday rejected a request by the Keratea municipality to stop construction of a landfill in the area, dismissing the municipality's arguments against the ministerial order for the 15.4-hectare landfill.

The municipality had argued that the construction of a landfill would irreversibly damage Keratea's natural and cultural environment and adversely affect the health of local residents while also raising questions about whether the procedure followed was constitutional and noting that the landfill fell within an area declared to be of archaeological interest.

All these arguments were rejected by the court, however, which found that they did not stand up to scrutiny nor outweigh the benefits as a result of building the landfill since Greece would be relieved of having to pay fines to the European Union for illegal dumps.

Keratea residents protesting planned landfill clash with police

Incidents broke out yet again Sunday night in Keratea, eastern Attica, between riot police and residents in continuing protests against the construction of a landfill in their district.

The violence erupted when hundreds of protesting residents attacked the MAT riot police forces on Lavriou Avenue, where locals have set up a roadblock.

Riot police used teargas to disperse the protestors, while homemade firebombs and rocks were thrown against police.

Calm was restored shortly after midnight.