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Greece To Launch Tourist Investment Project Hellenikon This Year

By Dave Simpson
Greece To Launch Tourist Investment Project Hellenikon This Year

Greece's government plans to speed up the regulatory process so that a long-delayed tourist investment project at a disused Athens airport can be launched by the end of the year, according to development minister Adonis Georgiadis.

Backed by Chinese and Gulf funds, Lamda Development plans to turn the disused Hellenikon airport in Greece's capital into a complex of luxury residences, hotels, a yachting marina and casino at a total cost of about €8 billion.

Bureaucratic Delays

But the project, which is part of a post-bailout agreement between Greece and its lenders, has faced bureaucratic delays in recent years amid a long-running row with critics who fear it will damage the environment and the country's cultural heritage.

Outlining his policy after conservatives won a parliamentary election this month, Georgiadis said the ministry would accelerate the licensing process so that Lamda can lease the property from the state and start construction.

Pending Approvals

A series of approvals from several ministries and a tender for the construction of a casino are pending.


Delayed Deadline

Georgiadis said that a July 31 bid deadline for the construction of a casino within the Hellenikon project would be pushed back, without providing details.

The new conservative government was elected on a pledge to cut taxes and speed up investments to spur growth in an economy that had shrunk by a quarter during a protracted debt crisis.

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