Article in EFSYN of 22.04.2019,  titled “The occupied territories of Ios island”

Article of EFSYN of 22.04.2019, entitled “The occupied areas of Ios”

The occupied areas of Ios
Costas Zafeiropoulos
A lasting environmental crime has been committed on the island for years for the benefit of a specific Greek-American businessman with the tolerance, as it seems, of part of the political system and various control mechanisms, despite the chronic reactions of environmental organizations and local residents.
● How the Greek state subsidizes arbitrary buildings
● The practical implementation of the policy for the tourist development of the “rocky islets” of the Aegean.

There is an area in Greece, an entire Aegean island, which managed to defeat the famous Greek bureaucracy and lead to the virtuous path of development. And now forget what you just read.

A lasting environmental crime has been committed for years in Ios for the benefit of a specific Greek-American businessman with the tolerance, as it seems, of part of the political system and various control mechanisms, despite the chronic reactions of environmental organizations and residents of the area.

We present only one of the dozens of dark cases in Ios today. The reason for the island-cape at the entrance of the bay of Koumbara, a landscape of special natural beauty, which dominates all the postcards of Ios and is the first attraction that the visitor sees with the ship.

The History

A narrow neck of sand that connects two beaches and allows vacationers and bathers in the summer to access Diakofto from the mainland. In winter, with the first strong Beauforts, the waves separate the two sandy beaches and Diakofto, as its name says, becomes an island again.

In 2007 this island together with part of the adjacent land was sold to the businessman and stockbroker of Wall Street Angelos Michalopoulos, who with the company of “105 SA” a few years later began the construction of an entire five-star tourist village in the area.

In fact, in Diakofto there is a building on the ridge in violation of the relevant legislation (Law 3212/2003, no. 10), which prohibits for reasons of environmental protection the construction of buildings on the ridges, and the decree of P.D. 587D / 81, which prohibits the conduct of extensive excavations that alter the natural landscape.

The arbitrariness in fact does not seem to stop there as there are extensions in the specific building of 1,626.10 sq.m. additional spaces (main and auxiliary use) and 1,350 sq.m. swimming pool. All these were declared by the owners themselves under no. 2395502 their statement in L.4178 / 13 in their attempt to legalize them, despite the fact that these huge building excesses have been constructed after 2011, as recorded in the relevant aerial photographs.

Law 4179/2013 allowed the concession of the beach and the seashore for exclusive use in five-star hotels, thus excluding the visit of citizens and tourists to these beaches.

That law had the signatures of the then ministers: Giannis Maniatis, Olgas Kefalogiannis, Kyriakou Mitsotakis, Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, Charalambos Athanassiou, Panos Panagiotopoulos and Michalis Chrysochoidis.

Subsidy 8.6 million euros!

The works for the bridge and the bridge completed for the private islet-islet of the Greek-American businessman
It is noted that to the company “105 SA” A subsidy of 8,678,550 euros has been approved in the area of ​​Koumbara-Diakofto. In other words, the Greek state subsidizes openly arbitrary buildings in an area characterized by special natural beauty (Government Gazette 762/1977).

The signing of a joint ministerial decision in December 2016 for the concession of the right to use the seashore, beach and sea area was the first decision to concede a coastline of the Aegean island of special natural beauty to business interests, this time by the current government.

Following appeals, the CoC suspended the work by temporary order. Despite the ban, the cementing continued. On November 18, 2016, “Ef.Syn.” publishes an extensive report by Stergios Ziambakas entitled “Conclusion of the inspectors with 10 + 1 carbine violations”.

That report by the Environmental Inspectors was a first justification for the complaints (which went unanswered for months by the relevant services) and the struggles to save the natural and cultural environment. However, the exhibition was not complete as the inspectors were not allowed access to the fenced island of Diakofto, owned by the company “105 SA”.

For unclear reasons, the issue of completing the audit for two whole years was delayed to take place two years later, on October 2, 2018.

According to information from “Ef.Syn.”, The report again revealed huge environmental violations in the public area of ​​the seashore.

We addressed the competent Directorate of Environment

There is an area in Greece, an entire Aegean island, which managed to defeat the famous Greek bureaucracy and lead to the virtuous path of development. And now forget what you just read.

A lasting environmental crime has been committed for years in Ios for the benefit of a specific Greek-American businessman with the tolerance, as it seems, of part of the political system and various control mechanisms, despite the chronic reactions of environmental organizations and residents of the area.

We present only one of the dozens of dark cases in Ios today. The reason for the island-cape at the entrance of the bay of Koumbara, a landscape of special natural beauty, which dominates all the postcards of Ios and is the first attraction that the visitor sees with the ship.

The History

A narrow neck of sand that connects two beaches and allows vacationers and bathers in the summer to access Diakofto from the mainland. In winter, with the first strong Beauforts, the waves separate the two sandy beaches and Diakofto, as its name says, becomes an island again.

In 2007 this island together with part of the adjacent land was sold to the businessman and stockbroker of Wall Street Angelos Michalopoulos, who with the company of “105 SA” a few years later began the construction of an entire five-star tourist village in the area.

In fact, in Diakofto there is a building on the ridge in violation of the relevant legislation (Law 3212/2003, no. 10), which prohibits for reasons of environmental protection the construction of buildings on the ridges, and the decree of P.D. 587D / 81, which prohibits the conduct of extensive excavations that alter the natural landscape.

The arbitrariness in fact does not seem to stop there as there are extensions in the specific building of 1,626.10 sq.m. additional spaces (main and auxiliary use) and 1,350 sq.m. swimming pool. All these were declared by the owners themselves under no. 2395502 their statement in L.4178 / 13 in their attempt to legalize them, despite the fact that these huge building excesses have been constructed after 2011, as recorded in the relevant aerial photographs.

Law 4179/2013 allowed the concession of the beach and the seashore for exclusive use in five-star hotels, thus excluding the visit of citizens and tourists to these beaches.

That law had the signatures of the then ministers: Giannis Maniatis, Olgas Kefalogiannis, Kyriakou Mitsotakis, Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, Charalambos Athanassiou, Panos Panagiotopoulos and Michalis Chrysochoidis.

Subsidy 8.6 million euros!

The works for the bridge and the bridge completed for the private islet-islet of the Greek-American businessman

It is noted that to the company “105 SA” A subsidy of 8,678,550 euros has been approved in the area of ​​Koumbara-Diakofto. In other words, the Greek state subsidizes openly arbitrary buildings in an area characterized by special natural beauty (Government Gazette 762/1977).

The signing of a joint ministerial decision in December 2016 for the concession of the right to use the seashore, beach and sea area was the first decision to concede a coastline of the Aegean island of special natural beauty to business interests, this time by the current government.

Following appeals, the CoC suspended the work by temporary order. Despite the ban, the … cementing continued. On November 18, 2016, “Ef.Syn.” publishes an extensive report by Stergios Ziambakas entitled “Conclusion of the inspectors with 10 + 1 carbine violations”.

That report by the Environmental Inspectors was a first justification for the complaints (which went unanswered for months by the relevant services) and the struggles to save the natural and cultural environment. However, the exhibition was not complete as the inspectors were not allowed access to the fenced island of Diakofto, owned by the company “105 SA”.

For unclear reasons, the issue of completing the audit for two whole years was delayed to take place two years later, on October 2, 2018.

According to information from “Ef.Syn.”, The report again revealed huge environmental violations in the public area of ​​the seashore.

We addressed the competent Directorate of Environment in Syros, which informed us that in the next period a document will be notified with the observations of the inspectors to the businessman Ag. Michalopoulos.

The businessman even had the terrible idea to build a concrete bridge of “functional connection” with his almost private island. Many residents and organizations appealed to the CoC in 2016 and the businessman on his part appealed to the European Court of Justice with the aim of delaying the appeal of the residents.

On March 27, 2019, the European Court of Justice met on the issue in question. Within a month the prosecutor will submit his proposal and the decision will be issued within six months.

Impressive is the fact that as long as ready and before the new bill to legalize arbitrariness on the coast, 150 (!) Workers of Albanian origin dug with their hands and small compressors the rocks on the slope by the sea.

Their goal was to create small ponds in an effort to replicate the natural pools of Turkish Pamukkale with their special geological formations with limestone rocks and thermal waters. All these works were carried out before the passage of the bill and were even posted on an advertising website of Ios.

All this happens, of course, with the tolerance of those in charge (mayor, municipal technical services, police, town planning, real estate service of the State), which has exceeded all limits. Of course, there are many reports about the excellent relations of the businessman Ag. Michalopoulos with the political staff of the country.

The meal

Last summer, the Cyclades MP of N.D. Giannis Vroutsis was having dinner with buyers ‘representatives at a restaurant owned by them, next to the illegal, according to the inspectors’ report, swimming pool overlooking the bridge over the beach and the (illegally) broken rocks on the shoreline at Koumbara beach.

The construction of Diakoftos is nothing more than another sign of the famous tourist exploitation of the so-called “rocky islets” of the Aegean, an idea that was promoted by Konstantinos Mitsotakis during the days of his own government.


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