New Ker­atea plan mulled

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En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Tina Bir­bili is due on Wed­nes­day to meet of­fi­cials from Ker­atea, the vil­lage south­west of Athens that has re­sisted ef­forts to build a waste man­age­ment cen­ter there, af­ter sig­nal­ing that she may re­con­sider the plans if a vi­able al­ter­na­tive is found.

Bir­bili met with Costas Le­van­tis, the mayor of Lavreotiki on Thurs­day and, ac­cord­ing to sources, in­di­cated she would be will­ing to ex­am­ine his pro­posal for the fa­cil­ity to be in­cor­po­rated within an ex­ist­ing light in­dus­trial park rather than next to the ar­chae­o­log­i­cal site at Ovriokas­tro.

Were Bir­bili to ap­prove such a change, it would be a climb­down for the gov­ern­ment, which has in­sisted over the last few months that it would not give in to pres­sure from the lo­cals. Amid con­cerns that Bir­bili’s move might be con­strued as a snub to col­leagues who backed the pro­ject, such as In­te­rior Min­is­ter Yian­nis Ragousis, Bir­bili’s aides in­sisted that any fi­nal plan would have to be ap­proved by the Cabi­net.

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