Government plans to transfer Knossos and Leonidas’s tomb to Private Fund, archaeologists say

18 January 2019
492 Views

The Greek government plans to transfer 587 monuments and cultural buildings in 37 provinces across the country to the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF), despite reassurances to the contrary by Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos.

The Association of Greek Archaeologists, which has appealed to the Council of State (CoE) against the move, the nation’s highest administrative court, accused the government of failing to exclude the monuments and sites, many of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites.

The HRADF is the fund managed by Greece’s creditors for the development and exploitation of state-owned and managed properties and sites.

The list of the 2,327 sites, monuments, and buildings identified by the Greek archaeologists includes among other buildings Knossos, the Venetian castle walls in Heraklion, the prehistoric settlement at Akrotiri in Thira and the tomb of King Leonidas of Sparta, as well as the Royal Tomb of Philip II in Vergina.

The government has denied it plans to transfer the sites to the fund, however, the Minister of Culture refused to make the list public.

You may be interested

Alternate Foreign Minister Varvitsiotis: Significant tension between Greece and Turkey if Hagia Sophia turned into Mosque
GREECE
shares25 views
GREECE
shares25 views

Alternate Foreign Minister Varvitsiotis: Significant tension between Greece and Turkey if Hagia Sophia turned into Mosque

Panos - Jul 03, 2020

Α possible Turkish government’s decision turning Hagia Sophia into a mosque would signal a significant tension in the Greek-Turkish relations…

Greece: E-governance Min. Pierrakakis outlines digitization progress at online e-conference
GREECE
shares34 views
GREECE
shares34 views

Greece: E-governance Min. Pierrakakis outlines digitization progress at online e-conference

Panos - Jul 03, 2020

Digital Governance Minister Kyriakos Pierrakakis outlined the key steps so far taken under the government’s digital transformation policy, while speaking…

GREECE
shares35 views

Incoming flight passengers total 21.000 at Athens International on reopening day of all Greek airports

Panos - Jul 03, 2020

Some 21,100 passengers and 55 international flights arrived at Athens International Airport on July 1, the first day of the…

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.