Fresh objections to Hellinikon from environmental groups, residents

Two environmental groups raised objections on Monday at the country’s top administrative court, the Council of State, against the Hellιnikon urban development complex, seeking to block the government’s decision to go ahead with the project.

This comes just as 507 local residents lodged a fresh appeal to the court to cancel a presidential decree issued at the end of February approving the project, valued at some eight billion euros. Residents believe that the project is unconstitutional, illegal and violates European law on human rights.

On Monday, the Panhellenic Network of Ecological Organizations and Ecological Collaboration also called on the court to cancel the presidential decree, echoing concerns raised by the local residents. In their petition, they argue that the forestry development plan in the project is misleading and fails to adequately protect the environment.