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Athens bid to bag plastic November 11, 2007

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Supermarket managers have responded positively to a bid by Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis to start replacing plastic bags with more environmentally friendly fabric equivalents or reusable heavy-duty plastic ones, City Hall said yesterday.

The initiative, an extension of Kaklamanis’s campaign to boost recycling, aims to reduce the amount of plastic bags being discarded. The use of fabric bags and reusable plastic bags is common in other European cities such as Paris, Brussels and London. “The plastic bag may be used just once but has a life cycle of 400 years,” a City Hall announcement said.

Initial talks with senior officials from top supermarkets, including Metro, Veropoulos, Atlantis and A-B Vassilopoulos, were encouraging and a new meeting has been set for next month, Kaklamanis said. Until then, the Mayor is to discuss the scheme with officials at the Environment and Public Works Ministry, the Development Ministry as well as consumer associations.

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Athens buses are safe November 11, 2007

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ETHEL says all vehicles are safe

Members of the Union of the Athens Public Bus Company (ETHEL) yesterday stressed that all buses serving the capital are safe following a series of spontaneous combustions that led to 10 vehicles being withdrawn.

According to ETHEL Unionists, who met yesterday with Transport Minister Costis Hatzidakis, the malfunctions in certain vehicles are due to manufacture defects and understaffing which, they said, would be remedied in due course. Hatzidakis said he would next week present the results of tests on the 10 defective buses withdrawn last week.

Greek islands shipping aid November 11, 2007

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Deputy Merchant Marine Minister Panayiotis Kammenos yesterday pledged to boost coastal shipping connections to remote islands of the Dodecanese following a meeting with mayors from most of the islands.

The meeting was also attended by Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannis Valinakis. Local authorities said they were satisfied with the pledges.

Hunting ban in Greece November 11, 2007

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The Council of State, the country’s highest administrative court, in a ruling yesterday banned hunting in parts of Greece affected by the devastating summer fires until the end of February.

The court made the decision after an application was filed by an environmental group on the grounds that the fire had created imbalances in the country’s ecosystem and problems for wildlife. The temporary hunting ban applies to only parts of the burnt areas, according to the ruling.