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Parliamentary questions
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18 September 2018
Question for written answer E-004722-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Nikolaos Chountis (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Wind power facility in the municipality of Monemvasia
 Answer in writing 

The citizens and social bodies in the municipality of Monemvasia are expressing their opposition to the wind power facility at Koulentia, Monemvasia.

In light of the above:
While work on the project continues, the appeal by the municipality to the Council of State has not yet been decided;
The renewable energy facility in the region will have disastrous effects on the environment and the local economy (tourism, agriculture, livestock-rearing);
The Greek renewable energy framework states that, in the municipality of Monemvasia, as a region with a high level of tourism development and a high demand for wind facilities, the local land planning situation must be clarified as a priority;
The revised regional framework proposes that Cape Maleas should be categorised as a ‘landscape of international value’;
Monemvasia is being put forward for inclusion in Unesco’s World Heritage List;
The wind power plant is located next to a location where a procedure is underway for it to be classified as a traditional settlement;
Significant Byzantine monuments and the fortress town of Monemvasia are situated in this location;
The Institute of Paleoanthropology and Speleology has delivered an opinion stating that in the region a large number of caves of archaeological interest have been identified and described;
The Commission has initiated infringement proceedings as a result of Greece’s failure to comply with EC law on the planning and issue of renewable energy facility permits;
In view of all of the above, can the Commission say:
1. Does this project comply with Community legislation?
2. In any event, does it require prior consultation (under the Aarhus Convention)?
Original language of question: EL 
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