38 Greek beaches stripped of blue flags

The eco label taken away in Zakinthos, Kefalonia, Santorini

01 August, 14:41

    ROME - A total of 38 beaches in Greece's popular destinations of Zakynthos, Kefalonia and Santorini have been stripped of a Blue Flag, a prestigious eco-label awarded by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). The flags are awarded based on the cleanliness and quality of water, management of the beach and natural areas, water depuration, waste disposal, quality of life.
    Overall, 519 beaches in Greece were awarded a blue flag from 486 the previous year. The destinations that lost most of the flags were in Zakynthos (18), Kefalonia (7), Santorini (5), Achaia (3), Thessaloniki (2), Ftiotida (2), Crete (1).
    The report was released by the Greek society for the protection of nature (Eepf) which coordinates the program for Greece, revealing that these beaches were withdrawn from the 2018 list (which refers to the previous year) and ''if re-evaluations don't abide by the criteria before the end of the season, these beaches will not be candidates in 2019''.
    According to the Eepf, ''the blue flags were taken away from 38 beaches by Greek and international experts'' who, during surprise visits, found that the strict criteria requested were not being respected, in particular cleanliness, information for beachgoers, environment protection, services and necessary security measures. 

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