Court mulls whether to permit new landfills

Greece’s highest administrative court was yesterday pondering whether to approve plans to build three new landfills in Attica after two court auditors advised it to bar two of the projects but approve the third. The auditors advised the Council of State’s fifth section to prohibit the planned construction of landfills at Fyli and Keratea as they are protected areas; construction would therefore violate the constitution, they argued. However, they recommended that plans for creating a landfill at Grammatiko go ahead, brushing aside residents’ complaints about the presence of a nearby stream which, the auditors’ stressed, is more than 300 meters away from the potential site. The court did not rule on the matter yesterday and its plenary session is not expected to issue a verdict for another three or four months.