Squatted state land estimated at 28,300 properties
Some 28,300 land properties owned by the state, equal to nearly 101,000 acres, have been squatted, according to figures from the State Properties Company (ETAD) S.A. electronic files, finance ministry general director for state property and national endowments Aglaia Vasilopoulou said in a document submitted to parliament on Monday, in reply to a question tabled by main opposition SYRIZA deputy Vangelis Apostolou.
Apostolou asked the number and expanse of squatted state properties and properties of unknown ownership that have arisen in the process of drafting the national Cadastre (Land Registry) and checks by the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF).
KKE strongly opposes airport privatisation plans
Communist Party (KKE) leader Aleka Papariga on Monday expressed her party’s strong opposition to government plans for the privatisation and/or closure of several airports - especially on islands - saying such a prospect will also affect the country’s defence needs and sovereign rights.
Following a meeting with the board of the Federation of Civil Aviation Associations (OSYPA), Papariga said "the aim of airport privatisation is not primarily cash-related, but rather connected to the air transport sector liberalisation policy, designed to create the ‘single European sky’."
OSYPA representatives conveyed both their concern and opposition to the government plans to sell to private hands or even close down the country’s 39 state-operated airports, saying this would have negative repercussions to both employees and domestic travelers, especially on the islands.