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Parliamentary questions
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15 November 2018
Question for written answer E-005791-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Nikolaos Chountis (GUE/NGL) , Sofia Sakorafa (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  New violations of EU legislation on the Ellinikon property
 Answer in writing 

Violations of EU legislation on the former Ellinikon airport are continuing. The Integrated Development Plan (IDP) provides for the construction of buildings in an area of 3 600 000 m2 and intensive uses, with an impact on the environment and climate change.

A complaint has been filed to the Council of State and a complaint to the European Parliament’s Committee on Petitions is still pending, for violating Directives 2001/42/EC and 92/43/EEC, the Treaty of Florence and Article 107 TFEU on state aid.

Concerning the environmental licensing of the IDP projects, the recently amended Law 4062, violates Directive 2011/92/EU.

Despite the fact that there are 30 projects subject to environmental licensing, Law 4062/12 provides for the drafting of a single EIA for all the IDP projects and abolishes the consultation process, which is limited to 10 days. It stipulates that a decision must be made by the Minister for the Environment on the content of the single EIA, bypassing all the provisions applicable to the projects in Greece. Instead of referring to a building project whose location is determined by geographical coordinates, it introduces the concept of building units, by issuing licences for projects without having clearly defined their location.

Can the Commission say:

What it intends to do to prevent circumvention of EU Directives and Article 191 TFEU, to the detriment of the environment and the next generations?

Original language of question: EL 
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