Greece’s Culture Ministry Threatens Largest Investment in Modern Greek History; Calls Former Airport Land “Archaeological Site”

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Greece’s Ministry of Culture has written a letter to various government agencies, stating that it plans to list the vast majority of land at the old Athens airport as an archaeological site, threatening a massive multi-billion dollar development that is estimated to create 80,000 jobs.

Despite being used as an airport, as well as the site for numerous Olympics venues during the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, and now as a camp for thousands of refugees, the Culture Ministry’s General Directorate for Antiquities and Cultural Heritage plans to declare the site sacred— which will complicate efforts to develop the land.

From Kathimerini, the map showing the area in Hellinikon that the Ministry of Culture wants to designate an archaeological site, which includes old airport buildings and runways.

From Kathimerini, the map showing the area in Hellinikon that the Ministry of Culture wants to designate an archaeological site, which includes old airport buildings and runways

Greeks turned to Twitter to voice their outrage and sarcasm. One user noted that soon, we’ll learn that Alexander the Great’s tomb was found at Hellenikon.

Poking more fun, other users shared images of the archaeological “ruins” at the Hellinikon site.

The Greek government’s privatization agency signed a deal with Lambda Development, which had planned to create a massive development with parks, commercial and residential real estate, sports and cultural infrastructure.

Kathimerini, Greece’s largest daily newspaper reported on the matter, noting that the Culture Ministry’s plans could further complicate the proposed project.

“If the ministry goes ahead with its plan, the Greek government not only faces the prospect of the much-delayed privatization project, which was first agreed in 2014, being beset by more complications, but also the possibility that Lamda Development could seek damages from the Greek state,” Kathimerini stated in its Greek, and English editions.

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  1. So what is Pappas post going to do about yet another example of the Syriza government trying to block a major investment project? Can Americans stand by and let Greece chase investors away and take the path of Venezuela?

    • Gregory Pappas on

      “So what is Pappas Post going to do?” Lol… What is The Pappas Post supposed to do? We are a website, not an activist group… We will let the activism to those of you who live in Greece…

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