Blue Flags Removed from 19 Greek Beaches, Four of Them on Crete

Nineteen Greek beaches that had been honored with the quality “Blue Flag” award in May were recently dropped from the 2017 list, the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature (EEPF) said on Monday.

According to EEPF, inspections revealed that coastal managers had failed to maintain the required cleanliness of the beaches, protect the environment and provide the necessary information, services and safety measures to bathers.

EEPF underlined that the bathing water quality of the beaches that lost their flags remains at an “excellent” level.

“The members of the National Crisis Committee and the Program Coordinating Committee have decided to withdraw the awards in order to preserve the prestige and credibility of the institution,” EEPF said.

The ‘Blue Flag’ award of the following coasts were revoked for 2017.

Agiokampos Coast / Golden Beach – Agia, Larissa
Elani Bay, Elani Bay Resort – Kassandra, Halkidiki
Potamos Coast A – Hersonissos, Heraklio
Vourlia Coast – Sitia, Lassithi
N. Messagala Coast 3 – Tempi, Larissa
Vlychada Coast – Lokron, Fthiotida
Ierapetra II Coast – Ierapetra, Lassithi
Voulisma Coast -Agios Nikolaos, Lassithi
Agia Triada Coast – Thermaikos, Thessaloniki
Myrtos Coast – Kefallonia town, Kefallinia
Argasi Coast/Golden Beach – Zakynthos town, Zakynthos
Laganas Coast/Central – Zakynthos town, Zakynthos
Laganas Coast/Agios Sostis 2/Limanaki – Zakynthos town, Zakynthos
Laganas Coast/Zante – Zakynthos town, Zakynthos
Banana Coast – Zakynthos town, Zakynthos
Agia Marina Coast – Egina, Attica
Kamari 1 Coast – Thira, Santorini, Cyclades
Kamari 2 Coast – Thira, Santorini, Cyclades
Agios Giorgios Coast – Thira, Santorini, Cyclades

The “Blue Flag” is a voluntary eco-label awarded to beaches across the world and is run by the independent, non-profit organization Foundation for Environmental Education based in Copenhagen. The EEPF is the program’s coordinator for Greece.

A total of 486 beaches and 12 marinas were honored with the quality “Blue Flag” award in Greece for 2017.

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