Head­less min­istry

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY MARIA KATSOUNAKI

For ex­am­ple, one of the most press­ing is­sues she ought to be deal­ing with is fi­nally get­ting elec­tronic tick­ets into Greece’s mu­se­ums and ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sites to stem the out­flow of mil­lions of eu­ros in lost rev­enues. From the start of her ap­point­ment, how­ever, Ko­nior­dou has been giv­ing us the same old line: “We ex­pect the ten­der to be granted within the month...” And the days be­come weeks and the weeks, months. An­other line she likes to use when pressed on the is­sue is “It will be ini­tially tested at 13 ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sites.” Of­fi­cial data show an enor­mous num­ber of ad­mis­sions with free tick­ets, lead­ing to some rather well-founded sus­pi­cions that there is an el­e­ment of or­ga­ni­za­tion in­volved in get­ting thou­sands of peo­ple into the coun­try’s big­gest ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sites for free. Yet Ko­nior­dou re­acts with va­pid rhetoric: “It is a well-known ail­ment and it is chronic,” or “We are aware of the prob­lem and in the process of ex­am­in­ing it.” Why is the in­tro­duc­tion of elec­tronic tick­ets tak­ing so long and be­ing put off all the time? Who is ben­e­fit­ing from their ab­sence and who is cov­er­ing for those sap­ping cul­tural rev­enues? The min­is­ter’s re­sponse to the phe­nom­e­non is to ap­pear busy with other mat­ters, such as “cur­ing chronic dys­func­tions” of re­gional pe-

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