Vote against the plans to convert the island of Crete into a polluted transit port sign now

The Greek Minister of Mercantile Marine, Mr. Kefalogiannis, declared that he will support the agreement between Greece and China for the development of an enormous transit port with international requirements in southern Crete. In fact, Chinese investors have shown great interest, with their visits and announcements, for the area in Tympaki.

The design of the port is to confiscate and flatten 850 ha of land, so that about one million containers to be handled annually in the beginning, in their way to Eastern Mediterranean, the Adriatic Sea, the Black Sea and Greece. There will be a relevant formation of the piers, for handling the daily arrival of hundreds of ships, some of which will be of such a huge size that never have been seen even in the big enough port of the biggest city of Crete and one of the biggest cities of Greece, i.e. Heraklion. This port will be under a special status of customs conditions. It is therefore possible that the area around it will be built with proportionate installations, storehouses and industries, as this is a common issue to similar ports.
Whom this giant port that Minister Kefalogiannis is ready to launch will benefit? Of course, only the Chinese investors and ship owners, whose profits are going to increase significantly! The region of Messara, which is now picturesque, historic and rich, will be turned into an industrial zone. Is this the future that the Minister can promise to the inhabitants of Messara and their children?

For the Ecological Society of Heraklion, the answer of the local community to a huge transit port in southern Crete must definitely be NO.

Adopted from: http://www.ecocrete.gr The Ecological Society of Heraklion

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