With Greece refusing to obey European Union orders to fix or close overflowing unlawful landfills, fines ordered by Brussels will be passed onto local authorities.
The European Commission has been fining Greece for repeated violation of waste management regulations but Athens has ignored directives to fix the problem.
According to a joint decision by the Environment, Interior and Finance ministries, fines imposed on Athens from Brussels will be sent directly to the local authorities concerned.
In cases where more than one authority is responsible – if, for instance, the landfill in question is located at the border of two municipalities – the fine will be split.
European authorities have repeatedly condemned Greece for violating waste management laws, imposing millions of euros in fines. Last month the European Court of Justice blasted Greece for degrading the nesting grounds of the endangered loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) on the Ionian island of Zakynthos but nothing’s ever done about it.