Green groups hail ‘major victory’ in fight against coal power

A coalition of environmental groups has hailed the “end of the lignite era” in Greece after plans to build a new coal power plant were annulled by the country’s supreme court.

The Greek Council of State cancelled the permit granted in 2018 to the planned Meliti II power plant and its sister plant Meliti I, which is currently in operation, following a legal challenge from ClientEarth, Greenpeace and WWF.

It found the decision to grant a permit before an environmental impact assessment (EIA) had been carried out breached both national and EU law. The last EIA for the complex was carried out in the late 1990s without considering its impact on human health or the climate.

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