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Greece Archive

  • Open letter to the Greek Government by a citizens assembly in Crete – “A left government has the duty to protect the beaches”

    The Editors’ Newspaper (efimerida ton sintakton) has published an open letter written by the Open Assembly of the Residents of Nea Chora in Chania, Crete who have been fighting for the fair use of the coastline. The Ministers of Interior and Economics have announced a common position where they seem […]

  • In Greece, a battle to reclaim the seashore as commons

    Published in By Maria Hadjimichael, On June 4, 2014 A grassroots campaign is taking off against the proposed privatization and commodification of one of Greece’s last-remaining utopias: its coastline. Seashores are one of the clearest manifestations of what is generally considered to constitute “the commons”: a place where access […]


    During the deepening economic crisis in Greece, the government has been looking for new ways to bring profits to the lenders. This time they have put the country’s beaches and shores in the firing line. The prime minister aims to reduce bureaucracy and increase investments, but critics fear it will destroy […]

  • Save the Greek Seashore

    Outcry over bill allowing unlimited construction on Greek coastline Athens: Environmental organisations, social media activists, as well as political parties and several public figures have denounced a proposed law that would end free public access to the Greek coastline, remove deterrent provisions to construction, provide an amnesty to those who have […]

  • The beaches in Pireaus don’t belong to everyone

    In May 2012, the Pireaus municipality leased two of the municipal beaches for exploitation by private individuals companies. Since then, citizens of the municipality have come together to resist the privatization of municipal beaches. You can follow them on their page on facebook (in greek) This is the statement from […]

  • Greece – The beach fighters are taken to court

    When in 2007, the citizens and the municipality of the area of Ellinikou decided to fight against the economic interests of ‘the night’ who stole people’s right to for free access to the beach, by breaking the barriers ‘privatizing’ the beach, this seemed like an initial victory for the movement. […]