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Authorities scramble to solve Attica sewage delay as fines loom

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Seventeen years after the deadline expired, authorities are scrambling to find a way to comply with European Union sewage treatment regulations at two municipalities in Attica before hefty fines start kicking in following a final ruling by the European Court of Justice next week.

The ministries of Environment and Interior on Thursday held a meeting with regional and local authorities, as well as the head of the Athens Water Supply & Sewage Company (EYDAP), to discuss the issue, which has been held up by rows over who should have the final say on whether Spata-Artemida and Rafina-Pikermi, northeast of Athens, should be connected to the treatment plant on the islet of Psyttaleia or have their own plants.

The delay has led to the loss of 250 million euros in EU structural funds.