Pri­vate fa­cil­i­ties mooted

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Two days af­ter the gov­ern­ment sub­mit­ted to Par­lia­ment a draft pres­i­den­tial de­cree ex­pected to pave the way for the con­struc­tion of Greece’s first state-run cre­ma­to­rium, In­te­rior Min­is­ter Panos Sk­ourletis yes­ter­day her­alded a bill that would al­low the cre­ation of pri­vate crematoriums. “It is the obli­ga­tion of the gov­ern­ment, and not only the gov­ern­ment, to re­spect in­di­vid­u­als’ right to choose the form of their funeral,” Sk­ourletis said in re­sponse to a ques­tion sub­mit­ted by SYRIZA MP Anna Va­gena. “It is our com­mit­ment and we will honor it by broad­en­ing that pos­si­bil­ity be­yond mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to pri­vate in­di­vid­u­als,” Sk­ourletis added. Va­gena, whose hus­band’s body was cre­mated in Bul­garia due to the ab­sence of a cre­ma­to­rium in Greece, cried while de­scrib­ing her ex­pe­ri­ence in Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day. “I want to re­as­sure you that we are unit­ing our voice with yours,” Sk­ourletis told Va­gena.

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