The European Parliament has adopted a report that seeks to protect from overdevelopment rural areas and islands and preserve architectural and cultural heritage of small villages to help prevent flight from the countryside and ravaging of coastal lands and prime, but sometimes remote, real estate. The recommendations came from a committee led by Greek MEP Nikolaos Sifunakis, who said during a debate at this month’s Plenary session in Strasbourg that “The protection is a cultural necessity and it...

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