Question for written answer E-001194/2011
to the Commission
Michail Tremopoulos (Verts/ALE)
Subject: Illegal works in a protected area as part of a co-funded project on Samos
At Mertziki, on the southeast side of the island, an area included in the Natura 2000 network (SAMOS-
Alyki Beach, code GR 41200001), extensive work has been carried out to clear and level slopes in
order to create a suitable even site1. Here, a small crusher, machinery for producing concrete blocks
and a mobile crane have been set up and a manoeuvring area has been created for all the equipment
together with a small jetty, where ships can berth to load the concrete blocks produced there and
transfer them to the port of Pythagorio on the island of Samos. There they used to construct the jetty
of the local port, a project co-financed by the EU2. In this respect, the State Land Registry Office has
confirmed that the rules protecting the beach have been flouted and that an illegal jetty has been built3.
However, despite the petitions submitted and publicity received by this issue, the official supervisory
agency maintains that it has not found any irregularities4.
In view of the above, will the Commission say:
1. What actions does it plan to take so that the protected area of Mertziki is restored to its former
2. Will the perpetrators of these abuses and the supervisory services, which failed to take action
despite the complaints made and allowed very large-scale irregularities to occur in a sensitive area, be
3. Is it permissible to use products produced under illegal conditions in a project co-funded by the
Community budget? If not, what are the penalties for doing so?
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