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General News: EU to take Greece to court over Lake Koroneia

Δημοσίευση 28 Ιανουαρίου 2011, 08:04 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
General News: EU to take Greece to court  over Lake Koroneia
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The European Commission is referring Greece to the European Court of Justice for failing to protect Lake Koroneia, which is among the protected regions included in the Natura 2000 network.

The European Commission is referring Greece to the European Court of Justice for failing to protect Lake Koroneia, which is among the protected regions included in the Natura 2000 network.

The case is being sent to court at the recommendation of European Commissioner for the environment Janez Potocnik.

The Commission finds that Greece has failed to fulfil its obligations concerning the lake, in accordance with Community directives for habitats and birds, urban waste water treatment and discharges into water of dangerous substances.

The announcement stressed that Lake Koroneia is an internationally important wetland that has been seriously affected by pollution and illegal water extraction, with serious consequences for the local fauna and flora.

It also notes that a plan for the lake's rehabilitation, including actions partly funded by the EU, has made very slow progress.