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Parliamentary questions
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26 July 2018
Question for written answer E-004170-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Nikolaos Chountis (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Wind farms in Evritania and Karditsa
 Answer in writing 

Wind farm permits issued in Agrafa have triggered protests by residents of Evritania and Karditsa.

They complain that the choice of these locations does not comply with the national or regional land use plan, as required by EU legislation, that at no stage have the cumulative effects of the projects on the region been taken into account and that the provisions of the following Directives have been breached:
Article 6(3) of Directive 92/43/EEC on the conservation of natural habitats;
Directive 2001/42/EC on the assessment of the effects on the environment, since the regions where the wind farms are being built are classified as protected (Natura 2000) and an assessment of the environmental impacts ought to have been carried out ‘with a view to their conservation’.

They also complain about the concealment of hydrological data and the lack of documentation about the impact of building the wind farms in the EIA. In the area where the wind farms are due to be built, the company has blocked the use of the springs ‘Mana Nerou’ and two livestock springs (not mentioned in the EIA) which provide the water supply and irrigation for two settlements (Koustesa and Megala Vraggiana). The site in question is located within the surface drainage basin of the springs.

Given the above, and in view of the fact that Greece has already been referred for infringement of the law in relation to wind parks, will the Commission say:

Since it is examining the above, could it state whether there is strong evidence that Community legislation on the protection of public health and the environment has been infringed?

What does it intend to do, in addition to the ongoing infringement proceedings?

Original language of question: EL 
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