If we wish to improve Athens, we have to set down some guidelines and faithfully observe them, Tradition and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos not too long ago mentioned in an interview to the Greek press when requested in regards to the issues on the one finish of the historic middle of Athens-the Omonia Sq. space.
Omonia Sq.’s troubled scenario was not too long ago the important thing concern debated at a gathering the Parliament atmosphere committee held with native and central authorities officers, residents and store homeowners of the capital’s middle.
The atmosphere committee’s head, Kostas Kartalis, underlined that upgrading the historic middle of Athens may very well be achieved with an organized intervention that tackles town-planning, architectural, environmental, social and monetary considerations.
In a latest interview to a Greek radio station, Athens Prefect Yiannis Sgouros harassed the necessity of a coordinating committee, just like the one which operated in the course of the 2004 Olympic Video games, to handle the issues of unlawful immigration, medicine and crime within the historic middle in an efficient method.
The prefect additionally proposed a extra aggressive coverage for the capital’s promotion on behalf of the Tradition and Tourism Ministry. (Regardless of makes an attempt made by GTP to acquire specifics regarding the prefect’s suggestion, Mr. Sgouros’ press workplace didn’t reply.)
On the ministry’s aspect, Deputy Tradition and Tourism Minister Angela Gerekou underlined that Athens is a really engaging tourism vacation spot for all sorts of vacationers, all ages and all budgets.
The deputy minister instructed GTP that “a easy stroll within the middle of Athens” is sufficient to discover that it’s a metropolis with many faces, harmoniously blended with “parts of the Japanese and Western world, and historical and fashionable occasions.”
“It’s our agency intention to ‘aggressively’ set up Athens as a tourism vacation spot for all, at a time when there’s worldwide progress of brief city leisure journeys, the so-called metropolis breaks,” she mentioned.
“The important thing aspect of this coverage is after all the brand new Acropolis Museum,” Mrs. Gerekou concluded.
As well as, Tradition and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos not too long ago introduced plans to proceed the archaeological unification challenge in central Athens. Extra particularly, the ministry plans to hold out small-scale expropriations to showcase sections of the world round Plato’s Academy.
On his half, Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis gave a press convention final month regarding “Issues and regeneration and upgrading works in Athens’ historic middle.”
In the course of the press convention, the mayor referred to a sequence of tasks aimed on the metropolis’s revamp, such because the creation of a sq. the place a constructing belonging to the Seamen’s Pension Fund at present stands.
Different initiatives embrace the pedestrianization of Athinas Avenue and a big part of the Psyrri district.
Mayor Kaklamanis additionally referred to the town’s crime drawback and warned in regards to the drug trades and prostitution rackets within the space.