Strategic suicide (12/15/2021) - MICHAEL G. IAKOVIDIS 12.12.2021 • 21:04 The recent strategic investment law could have significant political implications. The government has lowered the bar on what it calls "strategic", remaining vague about the expected benefits, with no real connection to sustainability. The intention is understandable: immediate approval, at times that do not even allow for the open consultation required by the EU.… Read more
A bad policy for the environment (10/26/2021) - The Ministry of Environment and Energy (RIS) recently submitted to the Parliament a draft law that regulates, among other things, the institution of compliance checks with environmental legislation. The provisions of the bill aggravate an already problematic situation and are far from international practices. They also demonstrate a centralized view of public administration, where the autonomy and accountability of administrative… Read more
Coast line: plot for investors – end to the free access of the citizens (9/16/2021) - The new bill on strategic investments, which has been put to consultation, gives extensive rights to use the seashore to individuals, legitimizing the ban on access to beaches for the public. This is a problem that we are already facing in Ios, especially in the area of Avlaki Papa, without the existence of a relevant law, simply because some individuals… Read more
Stress test for the Greek islands is hypertourism (9/14/2021) - Stress test for the Greek islands is hypertourism "Sunk" in August - Hypertourism threatens the character and in the long run the economy of many destinations stress-test-gia-ta-ellinika-nisia-o-ypertoyrismos-561495754 Does Greece need more visitors or does it need visitors who can leave more added value? (Photo SHUTTERSTOCK) Elias Bellos 13.09.2021 • 15:26 This summer, visitors to many islands were surprised to find… Read more
“Window” of alteration of traditional settlements (8/29/2021) - Controversy in Amorgos for opinions that leave room for "interpretations" of the framework for the construction of high-rise buildings "Window" for the construction of high-rise buildings in Amorgos and Aegean islands, despite the special protection regime in force there, leave opinions of the Central Council for Urban Issues and Disputes (KESYPOTHA) and the Department of Traditional Settlements of the Ministry… Read more
GINO: Green In Name Only? (12/15/2020) - MICHAEL G. JACOBIDES, DIMITRI VAYANOS Greece is going green. The goal of sustainable development has been generally accepted – in principle, at least – and green growth has now been adopted as a pillar of both government policy and the National Recovery and Resilience Plan submitted to the European Union, with the blessing of the opposition. It was also emphasized… Read more
The islands deserve the same care as the monuments (12/15/2020) - source: Five Greek islands have symbolically entered the list of endangered cultural heritage sites of Europa Nostra this year. Their presence symbolizes the increasing risk of alteration of the island landscape in recent years by the excessive development of wind farms. The announcement was made yesterday from The Hague by Europa Nostra and the Institute of the European Investment Bank,… Read more