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    Europe: Written question – Installation of wind turbines on the island of Zakynthos – E-001954/2022


    June 2, 2022 - ForeignAffairs.co.nz

     

      Source: European Parliament

      The Greek government and the Ionian island regional authority are planning to install wind turbines at Liva on the Ionian island of Zakynthos, continuing to entrust energy generation in wildlife areas to large corporations, in line with the EU Green Deal. The policies adopted by the ND government and its predecessors have proved seriously detrimental to the local environment.

      This noncompliant installation, which has recently been approved by the RAE energy regulatory authority, is located in a NATURA area that already has a mixed waste treatment plant and is serving as a disposal site for thousands of tonnes of refuse. This has understandably led to protests by local residents and associations. The result in a major environmental disaster in the making with serious public health implications, not to mention the flood risk in Kastari and surrounding areas.

      In the light of this:

      1. What view does the Commission take of demands by local residents to stop authorising the unregulated installation of wind turbines in environmentally protected areas and elsewhere in line with the Green Deal, under which investment in renewables is dictated solely with an eye to corporate profits in the green sector?

      2. What view does it take of the fact that this development will not benefit working people, who will remain in energy poverty a result of deregulation, while the Recovery Fund will be channelling millions into the coffers of energy corporations?

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