PRESS RELEASE: MINISTERIAL COMMISSION FOR THE MONITORING OF THE NATIONAL AND REGIONAL WASTE MANAGEMENT PLANNING IMPLEMENTATION.

Athens, December 2, 2010

Decision of the Ministerial Commission for the Monitoring of the National and Regional Waste Management Planning Implementation, regarding restoration of illegal landfill disposal and the promotion of waste management projects in the region of Peloponnese.

Today, December 2, 2010, the Ministerial Commission for the Monitoring of the National and Regional Waste Management Planning Implementation convened under the presidency of the Vice President of the Hellenic Government at the Vice President’s office. The meeting attended: the Ministers of Interior Decentralization & E-government, Mr. Ragkousis, Environment Energy & Climate Change, Ms. Birbili, Infrastructure Transport & Networks, Mr. Reppas, the Deputy Minister of Interior Decentralization & E-government, Ms. Tzakri, Regional Development & Competiveness, Mr. Rigas and Citizen Protection, Mr. Othonas, the General Secretary for Investment and Development of the Ministry of Regional Development and Competiveness, Mr. Petrakos, the General Secretaries of the Peloponnese Region, Mr. Xatzimichalis, and of Attica, Mr. Liakopoulos, as well as a representative of the State Minister.

The Commission approved two (2) Action Plans:

a. For the restoration of the illegal landfill operations already existent in the region of Peloponnese, and the legal disposal of solid waste (MSW), and

b. For the Solid Waste Management of the Peloponnese Region.

The Commission’s aim is the restoration of illegal landfill sites in the Peloponnese Region before September 2011, and the call for competition of Solid Waste Management Projects in the Region until June 2011.

The above Action Plans constitute an integrated solution to the environmental problems caused by landfill sites, which are especially serious in the Peloponnese Region, and which will serve as a model for other action plans in the rest regions of the country. This decision makes possible the absorption of important EU funds, over 100 million Euros. Also, new positive results appear in our effort to avoid the imposition of fines of several millions of euros by the European Union.

The Ministerial Commission and the Office of the Vice President of the Hellenic Government will be monitoring in monthly basis the implementation of these Actions Plans.