European Parliament keeps Akamas petitions open

The European Parliament's Petitions Committee (PETI) has decided that it will not close the petitions on allegations that the Cypriot authorities have breached EU environmental law in Akamas.

It said that it will continue monitoring the issue, after MEPs discussed the two petitions in Brussels on 14 February.

During the same meeting, a spokesperson for the European Commission (EC) said that it was currently examining recent rulings by the EU Court of Justice related to similar cases against Germany and Ireland, before deciding on the next steps.

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Akamas Peninsula

The spokesperson stressed that the Commission reserves the right to take the case to the Court of Justice of the EU if Cyprus does not comply "very soon".

All MEPs that spoke after the petitions were presented, supported keeping the file open and following up on the situation. Cypriot MEP Demetris Papadakis (S&D), supported by Cypriot MEP Niyazi Kizilyurek (LEFT), proposed that the committee moves forward with a fact-finding mission. However, the proposal was not accepted at this stage due to the fact that EP’s remaining missions for this mandate have already been scheduled.

During the meeting, petition 0288/2022 on alleged violations of environmental legislation in Akamas was presented on behalf of “Friends of the Earth” Cyprus by Anastasia Korae, and petition 0450/2022 on illegal development projects on the peninsula was presented by Kyriaki Michael on behalf of Terra Cypria.

(Photo: Creator: Fred MARVAUX, Copyright: © European Union 2019 - Source: EP)

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