Environment Ministry introduces controversial building amendment

While the discussion for a bill on forests takes place in Parliament, the Deputy Minister of Environment Nikos Tagaras has…

While the discussion for a bill on forests takes place in Parliament, the Deputy Minister of Environment Nikos Tagaras has introduced an amendment which aims to “simplify and streamline permit procedures for building facilities in mining areas”.

The amendment specifically provides that no building approval or permit is necessary in order to construct “temporary or mobile facilities” in mining areas, aside from the affirmation regarding their static efficiency from a relevant engineer!

The main opposition party’s MP Katerina Iglezi has objected intently to the amendment, arguing that it is aimed to serve the interests of “Hellenic Gold”, the Canadian-owned gold producer controversially managing mining operations in Skouries.

Residents in Ierissos and the greater Halkidiki area who are directly affected by the mining have called a meeting with local authorities and MPs to coordinate their response.

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