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Parliamentary questions
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16 November 2018
Question for written answer E-005803-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Nikolaos Chountis (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Construction and operation of a new airport in Kastelli, Heraklion, Crete
 Answer in writing 

The decision to build an airport in the area of Kastelli in Heraklion, Crete, has caused severe concern and reactions to citizens, scientists and collectives. According to their complaints, its construction will destroy the natural environment, the landscape and the economy of the wider region.

They claim, among other things, that there was no formal information and consultation on the impact of the airport’s construction, the site where it was decided to be built is located among 26 historic villages, 200 000 olive trees will be eradicated, the flora and fauna of an area of 22 000 hectares will be destroyed, mountains and hills with a volume of at least 10.7 million cubic metres will disappear.

During the construction of the airport, due to the structure of the ground and the operation of the airport, it is expected that highly productive land will be depleted, and that the quality of drinking and irrigation water, in particular, as well as the agricultural and livestock products of the area, which are a basic source of income for the residents, will be downgraded.

In view of the above:

Is Directive 2000/60/EC on water protection binding on the construction and operation of the airport?

Is consultation on this project obligatory for the residents of the area (Aarhus Convention)? Is the Commission aware of whether such a consultation took place?

Is it aware of why the lower cost option of extending the existing airport, as proposed by operators and local authorities, was not chosen?

Original language of question: EL 
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