Clo­sure of state bod­ies to hit ur­ban plan­ning?

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Ex­perts ex­pressed dis­may yes­ter­day at the gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sions to shut down or­ga­ni­za­tions re­spon­si­ble for ur­ban plan­ning in Athens and Thes­sa­loniki, as well as another pub­lic body that is over­see­ing the cre­ation of pedes­trian routes link­ing the Greek cap­i­tal’s ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sites.

The gov­ern­ment pre­sented leg­is­la­tion for pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on Wed­nes­day that fore­sees the clo­sure of 21 state or­ga­ni­za­tions. Those in­clude the Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Plan­ning and En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion of Athens, also known as the Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Athens, and the equiv­a­lent body in Thes­sa­loniki, which were es­tab­lished in 1985. “The de­ci­sion to close the two or­ga­ni­za­tions is a huge leap back­ward, to a time when each mu­nic­i­pal­ity in Athens did what­ever it wanted with­out tak­ing their neigh­bors into ac­count,” a for­mer pres­i­dent of the Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Athens, cur­rent Na­tional Tech­ni­cal Univer­sity of Athens pro­fes­sor Yian­nis Poly­zos, told Kathimerini.

The gov­ern­ment also wants to close the state-run Uni­fi­ca­tion of Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal Sites (EAHA) or­ga­ni­za­tion, which was re­spon­si­ble for cre­at­ing walk­ways in Athens. Its projects in­clude the pedes­tri­an­iza­tion of the streets around the Acrop­o­lis, con­sid­ered one of the most sig­nif­i­cant works to have taken place in the Greek cap­i­tal in re­cent decades.

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