Call for pub­lic agen­cies to use state prop­er­ties

Kathimerini English - - Focus - ROULA SALOUROU

The La­bor Min­istry yes­ter­day de­clared its in­ten­tion to is­sue an open call to all pub­lic en­ti­ties, min­istries, state cor­po­ra­tions, lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and uni­ver­si­ties for the uti­liza­tion of 120 build­ings in cen­tral Athens that be­long to so­cial se­cu­rity funds and have re­mained un­used for years. The min­istry also has a pi­lot plan to make use of 24 em­blem­atic prop­er­ties in the cap­i­tal’s his­toric cen­ter.

The over­all pro­ject for the uti- liza­tion of prop­er­ties will be im­ple­mented within the next few years, with the sci­en­tific and tech­ni­cal con­tri­bu­tion of the Na­tional Tech­ni­cal Uni­ver­sity of Athens’s School of Ar­chi­tec­ture. It has emerged that out of a to­tal of 1,126 as­sets that are owned by the coun­try’s so­cial se­cu­rity funds, just one-fifth are ac­tu­ally be­ing used. Al­most half of them (49 per­cent) re­main empty.

Sources say that in­ter­est has al­ready been ex­pressed by min- istries, such as that of Agri­cul­tural De­vel­op­ment and Food, which, in order to put all its scat­tered agen­cies un­der one roof, in­tends to use a build­ing on Syn­tagma Square that be­longs to the Sin­gle So­cial Se­cu­rity En­tity (EFKA).

Par­tic­u­lar sig­nif­i­cance is at­trib­uted to the uti­liza­tion of 24 his­toric prop­er­ties, via an ar­chi­tec­ture ten­der that is not ex­pected be­fore early 2018.

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