We call on associations, movements and individuals to support our call to appeal
The reason we are writing is a pressing issue that will impact the environment in Greece. Unbeknown to the majority of citizens, these very weeks we are facing a catastrophic prospect for the whole of civil society and environment. The new ministerial decree (OGG B' 3291/06.08.2020) which has been effective since the 6th of August 2020, now permits the installation of wind and solar farms with a rated load up to 10MW (in the past this was up to 5MW for wind and 2MW for solar) without the requirement for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). It is stipulated that a simple application in the form of a formal declaration will take the place of on-site assessment requiring approval. There is a concern that the wind industry lobby aims at raising this limit even higher, which means massive wind farms with no prior assessment of their environmental impact whatsoever! With these developments already in place, very soon we will witness the start of accompanying construction projects without having any time to act against them.
From now on, the installation of a wind farm with 3 turbines at 3MW each will not require an environmental assessment, a license under strict terms or a public consultation but only a simple formal declaration by the company that “it will not harm the environment”. In the future a wind farm with 15 wind turbines, which has a huge environmental impact could be 'chopped-up' into five separate applications and therefore not be required to adhere to any environmental regulation. Irrespective of the fact that the installation of even one single turbine requires the same destructive road clearance and accompanying construction works as that of more.
We have taken this opportunity, as an Initiative for the Protection of the Aegean Islets, to file an appeal to the Hellenic Council of State for the repealing of the ministerial decree. Also, our appeal will be blocking any eventual increase in MW until the case goes through court proceedings and a judgement is made. By the 30th of October, we need to make a payment of 4,350 Euros including VAT for court costs and legal fees. We will obviously retain all records of receipts for the transparency required by such a process.
Any assistance given by individuals, associations, movements and initiatives will help make it possible.
Our warmest thanks,
CITIZENS' INITIATIVE FOR THE PROTECTION OF AEGEAN ISLETS
Email: [email protected]