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Parliamentary questions
4 April 2012
E-003604/2012
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 117
Nikolaos Chountis (GUE/NGL)

 Subject: Coastal erosion in the Northern Peloponnese
 Answer(s) 

The northern coastline of the Peloponnese has been afflicted by erosion and sea level rise for many years. More specifically, in the region of Derveni, Corinthia, on 29 February 2012, generalised erosion of the coastal zone was observed on account of seabed subsidence (up to 30 m) along the coastline, destroying dozens of houses and business premises.

In both the Pan-European Report on Coastal Erosion (May 2004 — Eurosion: Coastal Erosion — Evaluation of the need for Action, Part II, Maps and Statistics, p. 12) and the European Environment Agency database on European coastal lowlands most vulnerable to sea level rise, the area in question is characterised as particularly vulnerable, on account of the effects of coastal erosion and rising sea levels.

Given the problem that exists in this area, along with the fact that 31.6 % of the Greek coastline and 50 % of the Peloponnese coastline are facing problems of coastal erosion (see Eurosion report) can the Commission answer the following questions:

1. What are the possibilities of utilising European funds for financing specific actions to deal with this problem?
2. Does the Commission know what are the best practices for dealing with such problems which have been adopted in EU countries and/or elsewhere?

Original language of question: ELOJ C 247 E, 28/08/2013
Last updated: 27 April 2012Legal notice