Virginia Murray

WFW partner Virginia Murray addresses Council of Europe

2 December 2015

Virginia Murray, head of the Greek-law practice in Watson Farley & Williams’ (“WFW”) Athens office, has addressed the Council of Europe (“CoE”) in Strasbourg on Greek environmental protection law and implementation.

Virginia addressed the Standing Committee of the Bern Convention on key conclusions from her report commissioned by the CoE on the “Legal and administrative implementation of the Bern Convention in Greece”, which is the first national report on how Greece has implemented its habitat and species protection obligations in the years of financial crisis. The report can be viewed on the CoE’s website.

“It is a great honour and responsibility to compile this first national report on how Greece has achieved the protection of threatened habitats and species in the years of financial crisis, and what still needs to be done” Virginia said.

“WFW has supported a large part of my work as part of the firm’s CSR programme. I hope that the report will make a small contribution to helping all parties to work together to ensure that economic development and environmental protection can both be secured as Greece emerges from the crisis.”

Virginia has also filmed an interview with Human Rights Europe, where she discusses the results of her report on Greece’s compliance with Council of Europe conservation standards.