OPINION

Why is the obvious so difficult?

The Greek state couldn’t care less about the environment – and the number of times the country has been referred to the European Court of Justice is ample proof of this. The response of Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas regarding the cleanup task involving the Sea Diamond, which sank off the coast of Santorini last April, is also proof of the state’s indifference. Dimas revealed that although the European Commission is in a position to mobilize cleanup efforts, no one has so far requested that it do so. Consequently, the island that is on the front line of the country’s heavy industry – tourism -has an environmental time bomb ticking just a few hundred meters off the very beaches that the state spends so many millions advertising all around the world each year. Is it so hard for someone, finally, to just do the obvious thing and ask the European Union for its expert help in this matter?