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Eco groups call for abolition of draft bill on coastal zoning

A joint statement issued on Monday by 11 environmental and other conservation groups called for a draft law relaxing the regulations governing the commercial use of coastal parts of Greece to be abolished rather than amended.

The controversial bill, which has drawn criticism from across civil society and the political spectrum, including MPs within the governing coalition, was frozen by the government so it could “shape its final position” on the bill after the local authority and European Parliament elections as the premier wanted public consultation on the draft to be “exhaustive.”

An online petition against the bill (www.sos-aktes.gr) has already amassed more than 160,000 signatures.

ekathimerini.com , Monday May 19, 2014 (19:53)  
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