RAC Plus on 24th July reported that the Greek cooling industry has appealed to its government to act to stop the huge trade in illegal refrigerants, which they say poses a triple threat; to the environment; to the Greek economy and to public safety.  It is said that the gas is being brought in by a wide variety of illegal means through countries such as Albania, Macedonia, Turkey and Bulgaria.  The refrigerant, which is either imported with counterfeit documentation or is carried in illegal disposable cylinders, is costing Greece at least €20 million in lost taxes, as well as making a mockery of the system of bans and reducing quotas to which the rest of Europe adheres.  Even though Bulgaria is an EU member state, it is said to be acting as a gateway to illegal imports from other third-party countries.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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