The Hellenic Ornithological Society (HOS) and other environmentalists are celebrating a decision by the General Director of Environmental Policy of the Ministry of Environment and Energy that has halted plans to turn protected islets of the South Aegean Sea, dubbed 'Mediterranean Galapagos", homes to Eleonora's Falcon and many seabirds, into platforms for the erection of hundreds of wind turbines, right at the “heart” of one of the last refuges of biodiversity in Europe. HOS emphasizes that Greece must harmonize its national law with EU legislation and make a pre-screening of the suitability projects in terms of their location mandatory at the very start of the licensing process rather than wait for the Environmental Impact Assessment, prepared by consultants hired by the investors, at a late stage.

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