Greece and the EU: Promoting the Idea of Sustainable Development -- Easy to Plan, Hard to Achieve
Leonard, L., Botetzagias, I., (eds.) Sustainable Politics and the Economic Crisis of the Peripheries: Ireland and Greece. Advances in Ecopolitics, Volume 8, Emerald Publishing, Bingley, 2011
19 Pages Posted: 8 Jun 2013 Last revised: 12 Oct 2015
The purpose of this chapter is to briefly expose the promotion, on a theoretical basis, of the idea of sustainable development in Greece and to highlight the actual gap between planning and implementation of the Greek Environmental Policy. The chapter presents the interaction between global, European and domestic level concerning the environmental policy and further on tries to assess the Greek Administration’s efforts to embrace the concept of sustainable development. Even though Sustainability proved to be a buzzword, its implementation reality has been really hard to achieve. Recent institutional reforms, though in embryonic phase, showcase the need for more radical changes, which are of great need, especially through times of harsh economic reality.
Keywords: Sustainable Development, Greece, European Union, Environmental Policy, Environmental Legislation, Europeanization
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