Na­tional road builder is paid ex­tra to get job done in time

Kathimerini English - - Focus - GIOR­GOS LIALIOS

Aegean Mo­tor­way, the high­way con­struc­tion and op­er­a­tion con­sor­tium that the In­fra­struc­ture Min­istry had said would not get any fresh funds given that its project (on the Athens-Thes­sa­loniki na­tional road) was ad­vanced enough, is af­ter all re­ciev­ing ad­di­tional money set to to­tal tens of mil­lions of eu­ros.

Kathimerini can re­veal a se­cret agree­ment be­tween the min­istry and the con­sor­tium for the pay­ment of 41.9 mil­lion eu­ros as well as the con­ces­sion of a se­ries of stud­ies and projects so that Aegean agrees to com­plete the tun­nels at Tempi and Plata­monas by the end of March. With this ad­di­tional cash, the project will have cost the state and the Euro­pean Union more than 1 bil­lion eu­ros.

Se­cret agree­ment

The “Agree­ment for the Com­ple­tion of the Mali­akos-Klidi High­way” was signed on Jan­uary 17 by min­is­ter Chris­tos Spirtzis and the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the con­sor­tium. Its aim is none other than the de­liv­ery of the three-tun­nel sec­tion by end-March – to en­sure Brus­sels does not de­mand the re­turn of any sub­si­dies – and the com­ple­tion of the other works left by the end of Au­gust.

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