The news was revealed in the European Parliament environment committee by a European Commission official. The Greek government had informed the Commission by letter of 8 March that Kouroupitos was closed on 26 February, he said. The government had also confirmed creation of a formal waste management plan for Crete's Chania district, in which Kouroupitos is situated.
All waste that was going to Kouroupitos is now being handled at a nearby provisional compression and storage plant, a Commission official subsequently told ENDS Daily. Meanwhile, two permanent waste installations are being planned, one a landfill designed in compliance with EU rules and the second a composting and recycling plant.
Formal closure of the infringement case will not happen before next week at the earliest, when the Commission will make a full assessment of the situation after meeting with Greek officials.
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