Plans for coun­try’s first cre­ma­to­rium on track

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A draft pres­i­den­tialde­cree out­lin­ing changes in ur­ban land use which was sub­mit­ted yes­ter­day by the En­vi­ron­ment Min­istry for pub­lic de­bate is ex­pected to pave the way for the long-awaited con­struc­tion of Greece’s first ever cre­ma­to­rium. The de­cree will be de­bated for 12 days be­fore its con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity is ex­am­ined by the Coun­cil of State, Greece’s high­est ad­min­is­tra­tive court.

The City of Athens had is­sued an in­vi­ta­tion for peo­ple to of­fer land for rent or sale to host a cre- ma­to­rium over a year ago, and of­fi­cials were con­fi­dent yes­ter­day that it will soon be­come a re­al­ity.

“On the part of the Athens mu­nic­i­pal­ity, and, as it seems, the govern­ment, there is the po­lit­i­cal will for the cre­ation of a cre­ma­to­rium in the wider Athens area,” said Deputy Mayor Nelli Pa­pachela. Af­ter re­ceiv­ing 30 land site pro­pos­als from 29 pri­vate cit­i­zens over the last year, city au­thor­i­ties fi­nally opted for a plot of land be­long to the mu­nic­i­pal­ity in the west­ern sub­urb of Elaionas.

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