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Parliamentary questions
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24 July 2018
Question for written answer E-004127-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Nikolaos Chountis (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Uncontrolled creation and installation of wind farms in South Karystia
 Answer in writing 

Residents of Karystia (one of the provinces of the Euboea Prefecture in Greece) and local bodies are continuing to protest about the authorisation issued for 42 wind farms in and around a Natura 2 000 area.

Allegedly, companies are using dynamite within the Natura 2 000 area, cutting down century-old plane trees to build roads, using potable water without permits, transporting excavation products to quarries without rehabilitation studies having been carried out; furthermore, neither the planning framework for RES, nor the Regional Planning Framework for the Region of Central Greece has been modified.

Given that similar problems also exist in other areas of Greece (Piería, Agrafa, Crete, Lakonia, the Cyclades), also sparking protests, which demonstrates the existence of a generalised practice, and that the Commission, in a letter of 19 June 2018, recalled that it could intervene in a Member State when the facts complained of indicated a generalised practice or a problem of compliance of national legislation with EC law or the systematic infringement of Union law, can the Commission say:

Does the uncontrolled creation and installation of wind farms in Karystia represent a violation of EC law on environmental protection?

If so, does it intend to intervene beyond initiating infringement procedures?

How can local residents assert the right of the environment to be protected from the uncontrolled and ongoing creation and installation of wind farms?

Original language of question: EL 
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