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Thursday, 21 June 2018

Nikos Dendias: "Corfu and its future are in absolute danger"; Ν. Δένδιας: «Η Κέρκυρα και το μέλλον της βρίσκονται σε απόλυτο κίνδυνο...ουδείς δικαιούται να κωφεύει»

From Corfu TV News

Corfu and its Future in Danger- Nobody should turn a deaf ear. Ο Κοινοβουλευτικός Εκπρόσωπος και Βουλευτής Β΄ Αθηνών της Νέας Δημοκρατίας, Νίκος Δένδιας: ουδείς δικαιούται να κωφεύει!

From Nikos Dendias, MP:

"I have been silent for so long in the hope that the Local Government and the Greek State could meet the huge challenge and danger of not managing waste in the prefecture of Corfu. Unfortunately, they were unable to respond. At this time, declaring the county as in a state of emergency, and the immediate and effective mobilization of the State of Greece, is a constitutional obligation.”

Η Κέρκυρα και το μέλλον της βρίσκονται σε σημείο απόλυτου κινδύνου και ουδείς δικαιούται να κωφεύει...

«Παρέμεινα επί τόσο καιρό σιωπηλός, ελπίζοντας ότι η Τοπική Αυτοδιοίκηση και το κεντρικό Κράτος θα μπορούσαν να ανταποκριθούν, έστω και στοιχειωδώς, στην τεράστια πρόκληση και τον κίνδυνο που συνιστά η μη διαχείριση των απορριμμάτων στον Νομό της Κέρκυρας. Δυστυχώς, δεν μπόρεσαν να ανταποκριθούν.

Στο χρονικό αυτό σημείο, η κήρυξη του Νομού σε κατάσταση έκτακτης ανάγκη και η κινητοποίηση, άμεσα και αποτελεσματικά, του κεντρικού Κράτους, αποτελεί στοιχειώδη συνταγματική υποχρέωση.

Η Κέρκυρα και το μέλλον της βρίσκονται σε σημείο απόλυτου κινδύνου και ουδείς δικαιούται να κωφεύει».

From the Mayor of Corfu: "We have lost our soul"

The Situation (an SOS to the European Union):

The Greek island of Corfu is suffering a major threat to public health as a result of the chronic mismanagement of waste collection and treatment throughout the island (not to mention the absence of recycling and waste separation).

It seems that neither the municipality nor the national government is able to do anything about this crisis (and perennial problem), which is much worse this year than ever before. Rodents and micro-organisms are a recognized threat, as the Corfu Medical authorities have warned.

What can the EC or EU do, urgently, to help resolve this disastrous crisis? To some extent, it is a common challenge to all island communities, and there must be solutions, temporary and long-term, that can be shared and implemented without further delay.

The most urgent priority is to remove all rotting garbage from the island, as the landfills are full and overflowing, and the equipment is unable to cope. The longer term plan must be activated immediately, with the support and advice of the European Union.

The streets are lined with huge piles of refuse, and children's health is at risk.

This is an SOS about an impending state of emergency.

Ten years ago-
The Corfiot newspaper, front page, November 2008


Panorea, an allegory about the environment (2008):

Τέρμα τα λόγια, ώρα για δράση

“This book should be read by political candidates, and by all those who work in institutions and who hold any kind of power, or who hold the fate of the island in their hands.” 

“Maria’s short and powerful parable should be compulsory – it makes compelling reading, a passionate cry of outrage at the slow ruination of a culture by greedy and incompetent people…trading on goodness and beauty they forgot or never understood".

“An absolute must-read”.

(Excerpts from various reviews)

The Exploitation of Panorea is a hard-hitting tale about the environment and the ruthless exploitation of an island in the Ionian Sea.

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