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Parliamentary questions
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20 April 2018
Question for written answer E-002221-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Nikolaos Chountis (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Transparency in environmental and public health issues
 Answer in writing 

A recent news report revealed the very disturbing findings of a study conducted by the Municipality of Fyli concerning the composition of waste and pollutant loads in the Fyli landfill, which enraged the local community as these findings had been withheld from the general public.

This shows the complete lack of transparency in the environmental monitoring of the Fyli Integrated Waste Management Facility (OEDA), as well as the broader approach taken with respect to the transparency required concerning environmental and public health issues.

Given that, apart from the above study, there is no access to the data collected by the competent management body (Special Inter-Level Association of the Prefecture of Attica — EDSNA) from sampling, analysis and measurement operations carried out by specialised bodies and accredited laboratories, as well as by the contractors entrusted with the management of key infrastructure in the Fyli OEDA, as required in the context of their contractual obligations.

In view of this:

Are public bodies liable under EU environmental law for withholding critical safety and public health information in their possession from the general public and for failing to take measures as appropriate to keep people informed? Are they not obliged to make that information publicly available given, in particular, the fact that said information has been requested by civil society organisations which have a legitimate interest in such critical issues?

Original language of question: EL 
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