Greece－Increased Fines for Marine Pollution
We would like to announce the latest information about Pollution Fines of Greece. According to A. NASSIKAS LAW FIRM, there has been a major increase of fines in the event of oil pollution which came into effect on 31 December, 2019 as follows:
|Maximum amount of fine before 31 December, 2019||Maximum amount of fine after 31 December, 2019|
|i. In every pollution situation, i.e. such that are not deemed to cause serious detrimental effect to the marine environment(*)||EUR60,000||EUR100,000|
|ii. In case of serious pollution(*)||EUR1,200,000||EUR2,000,000|
|iii. In the special case where pollution is caused deliberately in order to benefit the interests of a company or other legal entity (in addition to i or ii)||EUR500,000||EUR800,000|
* Please note that there is no clear definition of i and ii. According to local lawyer, if the pollution expands to a large sea area, or affects negatively and clearly the biodiversity of the sea environment or touristic sight, authorities would consider the pollution as a “serious” one.
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