Environmental groups join residents in fresh court battle against Hellinikon
Two environmental groups joined residents from the Hellinikon area on Monday to block the area's urban development plan, by lodging a fresh court petition against the project.
The environmentalists and residents are opposing a presidential decree published by the Greek government late February, paving the way for the eight billion euro project, on the grounds that it fails to adequately protect the local environment. The two environmental groups are the Panhellenic Network of Ecological Organizations and Ecological Collaboration.
The objections were filed with Greece's top administrative court, the Council of State, and argue that the presidential decree is anti-constitutional, illegal and violates European human rights.
The latest petition agianst the urban development will result in more delays for Lamda Development, that is leading investors on the project, along with China’s Fosun group and Eagle Hills from the United Arab Emirates.
The deal, which investors took on in 2014, is seen as being a litmus test for foreign investment in Greece as the economy struggles to recover from an eight year downturn that wiped out nearly 30 percent of annual economic output.