Hellinikon Mega Project is endorsed by neighboring Municipalities
The project for the development of the ancient Athens airport included in the privatization assets that the government was committed to accept is back on track. Following bureaucratic delays and political conflicts the ancient airport closed since 2001 has been through many opportunities of exploitation and ideas.
Common as it is in such cases the pathologies of the political system are rising in all their extend with opposing ideas or inconsistent allegations that hide interests of all kinds.
The Hellinikon project which is a mixed project combining tourism with real estate and a unique in its size metropolitan park have been opposed by the left government more precisely the governing party SYRIZA that has accused the election of the preferred investor as a sell-off. A movement has been created in that effect and political forces close to previous municipal leaders had joined the effort to keep the ancient airport in state property and assure the exploitation through national means. Given the enormity of the project in terms of funds as well as in concept the new left government has recently given the green light to go ahead summoning the municipalities to take position and action in favor of the investment or take the consequences for their opposition.
In a recent vote these municipalities are confirming a favorable stance towards the project and an active part in the optimization of their participation in it through their role as stakeholders in it. The internal opposition of the left even from parts of the governing party is fierce but it seems that it is very difficult to convince the people of these communities that a no go is better than the improbable risk to be excluded from the development.
The government has shown determination in that respect to hold to its decision and not bend to internal party reactions. The private consortium of companies are called to demonstrate how they can negotiate with society as well as they can illustrate their flamboyant project simulations on their screens. The project in any case enters a new favorable momentum.