Residents file 3rd petition against Hellinikon project with Council of State

Yet another petition, the third in a row, calling for the cancellation of the Hellinikon investment at the site of the former Greek airport was filed with Greece’s supreme administrative court, the Council of State, on Wednesday. The latest petition was filed by 32 residents of the Alimos, Voula, Glyfada, Piraeus and Kallithea municipalities.

The latest petition follows that of 507 residents of surrounding suburbs and four legal entities calling for the annulment of a presidential degree that approves the proposed development plan, as well as a petition by the “Panhellenic Network of Ecological Organisations” and “Ecological Cooperation” asking that the court revoke a section of the plan concerning a 24.3-hectare expanse of forest as unconstitutional and illegal.

The latest petition argues that the presidential decree should be annuled as unconstitutional, contrary to the European Landscape Convention and other international treaties, as well as being contrary to precedents set by the European Court of Justice. The 32 further argue that since the site is essentially being privatised, there should have been a strategic environmental impact study and, under article 44 of the Constitution, its sale put to referendum.