Locals seek EU help on landfills

A group of eight municipalities and communities in eastern Attica are to appeal to the European Court of Justice over government plans to build new landfills in their neighborhoods, it was revealed yesterday. Local authorities questioned the legitimacy of court rulings approving the construction of the dumps and suggested that the projects were serving contractors’ interests. According to Keratea Mayor Stavros Iatrou, a court decision approving a landfill for his municipality is «out of line with legal and institutional provisions.» In Grammatiko, where another dump is planned, community leader Nikos Koukis suggested that the projects were designed to line the pockets of construction firms, noting that a 12-kilometer road needed to be built to provide access for the planned local landfill. In a related development yesterday, Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis called for extra policemen to guard the capital’s main landfill at Ano Liosia after two people were injured in clashes between officers and local Roma residents.