On the initiative of the SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance MEP, Petros Kokkalis and Gouta Paoulous (Greens) a letter was sent that had been co-signed by 49 MEPs from three different political groups (The European Left, the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, and the Greens). It is addressed to the Executive Vice-President of the European Commission, Franz Timmermans, as well as to the Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevicius, regarding the new law on the “modernization of environmental legislation” that was recently approved by the Greek Parliament. “The new law contains articles that are exceptionally controversial as regards their legal foundation in international law, European interests and the Greek Constitution. In addition, it weakens the crucial environmental policy tools and will undermine significantly the implementation of European interests in Greece now and in the future”, noted by European Parliament members, asking the European Union to take action against the disorganization of environmental legislation in Greece.
In their letter, the co-signing MEPs speak of the “violation of international law and of the just state of the EU”, while emphasizing that the “retention of biodiversity must constitute a basic part of our reaction to the global crisis of health and the EU environment and is a basic concept to ensure the long-term survival of the EU”. While they emphasize that “the retention of the biodiversity must be a basic part of our reaction to the global crisis of health and the environment, and is a basic component ensuring the long-term survival and prosperity of our societies.”
It is worth noting that the new law on the “updating of the environmental legislation” has already provoked many reactions in Greece, as 24 environmental organizations on the national level , and more than 80 ecological movements and collective authorities have requested that the law be withdrawn. In addition, scientific institutions and universities, the Technical Chamber of Greece, the Citizen’s Advocate, the Union of Administrative Judges and many other professional organizations and agencies, have expressed significant reservations relating to various provisions of the new law and the problems that its application is expected to cause.
Following is the entire letter signed by 49 MEPs.