Respecting the rules and having it both ways

There is no doubt that the country’s economic future lies in services and products at competitive prices. The fact cannot be overlooked that Greece has, since antiquity, been rich in ores, which should be exploited wherever that does not entail significant environmental cost and does not cancel out equally important development activities. If we could only discuss this calmly and coolly and consider the general interest instead of our own individual concerns, then things could be simplified and the best possible solutions found. We all remember how a considerable investment in gold mining was lost in Halkidiki in a way that embarrassed the country abroad, since the government reneged on its signatures because a few politicians’ properties would have lost some of their value. We have to learn to respect rules. We need the wealth provided by our natural environment, both above and below ground, as long as one is not at the expense of the other. Unfortunately, whenever there are loopholes in the laws, the entire structure often collapses. A drive down the Saronic coast provides ample evidence of that.

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