WWF Greece urges MPs not to support bill lifting restrictions on coastal construction

The Greek branch of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has written to MPs to highlight the dangers of a new bill lifting restrictions on construction along the country’s shoreline.

WWF Greece labels the Finance Ministry bill “criminal” and urges lawmakers in an open letter not to support it.

The controversial bill lifts all current restrictions on the maximum area designated for beach concessions – such as bars, umbrellas and sun loungers – while abolishing the right to unhindered access to the coast for the public.

The proposed measures would also facilitate permanent constructions on beaches for commercial purposes, while making it possible for businesses to pay fines to legalize unlicensed constructions.

The ministry claims that the new framework will delineate the Greek coastline and simplify construction on and management of coastal areas. Friday was the last day of public consultation, launched on April 17.