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Parliamentary questions
5 May 2000
H-0442/00
ORAL QUESTION for Question Time at the part-session in June 2000 pursuant to Rule 43 of the Rules of Procedure by Konstantinos Alyssandrakis to the Commission

 Subject: In the Axios delta, one of the most important wetlands in Europe is under threat
 Answer 

Environmental experts are emphasising the risk that one of the most important wetlands in Europe will be destroyed, even though it is protected by the Ramsar Convention, because the Axios, one of the largest rivers in the Balkans, 90% of which is in FYROM and the remainder in Greece, is being used as a natural sewer into which industrial units operating on both sides of the border are discharging their effluent, and in particular the metal factory (zinc) operating in FYROM near the Axios. This is resulting in a sewer running into the delta, containing large quantities of lead, cadmium, zinc, nickel, cobalt and other metals.

What steps does the Commission intend to take to stop irresponsible industrial operations and to protect the ecosystem of areas adjoining the Axios and the river delta wetlands in order to safeguard the ecosystem’s balance and ensure the health of residents in the region?

Original language of question: EL
Utolsó frissítés: 2000. június 8.Jogi nyilatkozat