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Joint letter of 23 NGOs asking for the postponement of the submission of the draft law by the Ministry of Environment to Parliament

In a joint letter, 23 environmental NGOs urge the Minister of Environment and Energy, Mr. Kostis Hatzidakis, to assess the special circumstances around us and postpone the submission of the draft law “Modernization of Environmental Legislation” to Parliament until it can fully perform its legislative work.

Environment or development: An old dilemma reemerges

There is no doubt that the crisis created by the corona virus demands our attention and top place in the news. Opinion piece by Ioli Christopoulou on the worrying and long-term consequences of the new bill proposed by the Ministry of Environment and Energy if it goes forward as submitted in the public consultation.

Green Tank comments on the draft law “Modernization of Environmental Legislation”

Announcement with the main points of the Green Tank’s submission to the public consultation on the draft law “Modernization of Environmental Legislation” of the Ministry of Environment by the Ministry of Environment and Energy, which was completed yesterday.

Public Consultation on the draft law of the Ministry of Environment and Energy

On March 13, 2020, the Green Tank participated in the public consultation on the draft law of the Ministry of Environment and Energy titled “Modernization of Environmental Legislation”.

Lignite regions VS Mykonos, Crete and Rhodes

Nikos Mantzaris referred to the need for a revision of the allocation criteria for the, currently under nergotiation, European Just Transition Fund in an article my Machie Tratsa.

Special Report: Post lignite

Nikos Mantzaris participated in Tasos Teloglou’s show “Special Report” on decision to phase out lignite, its causes, and its impacts on Western Macedonia and the future of PPC’s new, under construction lignite plant “Ptolemaida V”, which has already costed €1,4 billion.

Protected areas as models of sustainable development: Prospects and opportunities

Talk by Ioli Christopoulou titled “Protected areas as models of sustainable development: prospects and opportunities” at the SYRIZA event entitled “Governance and Eco-Development of Protected Areas (Natura 2000 sites)” on February 24, 2020.

Another new framework for nature conservation or a real improvement?

Opinion piece by Ioli Christopoulou on the upcoming legal proposal by the Ministry of Environment and Energy, which among other issues will include provisions for a new framework on the management bodies of Greece’s protected areas.

More national and European funds for Western Macedonia and Megalopolis

The significance of Greece demanding a change in the criteria used to allocate funds of the new European Just Transition Mechanism among Member States, and the need for the Greek government to channel every year of this decade public funds from the auctioning of CO2 allowances to the country’s two lignite regions, were underlined by Nikos Mantzaris in an article by Machie Tratsa in Sunday’s “Vima” on the challenges these regions face because of the decision to phase out lignite.

EU developments and the next day in Western Macedonia

Nikos Mantzaris spoke about the challenges of the Just Transition in Western Macedonia at two events in Kozani as well as in the local media.