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Parliamentary questions
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28 September 2018
Question for written answer E-004935-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Nikolaos Chountis (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Operation of a dangerous illegal dumpsite in Tripoli
 Answer in writing 

An illegal dumpsite (ΧΑDΑ)(1) which is tolerated by the Greek authorities is continuing to operate in the Municipality of Tripoli (Aghios Vlassis area); according to complaints by local residents, over 70 000 tonnes of waste have accumulated there, which frequently catch fire, posing a risk to the forests around the city of Tripoli and giving off fumes which constitute a public health hazard.

Given the fact that:
the dumpsite is surrounded by an area of recognised historical importance (Trikorfa),
is adjacent to a Natura 2000 area,
lies just above Tripoli aqueduct,
is located near schools, a hospital, an army base and residential housing,
it has never been licensed by the competent authorities because it did not meet the legal requirements for fire prevention and sanitary waste management,
it has been operating since 2015, with successive extension orders, as a transhipment station rather than a dumpsite, subject to terms and conditions that have not been met,
there are two other illegal dumpsites in the region (where over 1 million tonnes of waste have accumulated) that were closed by a court order and a decision by the Municipal Council of Tripoli, but have not been renovated,
Greece has already been condemned by the European Court of Justice for operating an illegal dumpsite.

Can the Commission say:

Does it consider the existence and operation of this dumpsite in Aghios Vlassis to be legal?

If not, what steps will it take to close it?

Is there a legal requirement for reinstating this site?

(1)(ΧΑDΑ) Dumpsite: uncontrolled waste disposal site.

Original language of question: EL 
Last updated: 23 October 2018Legal notice