Mount Athos exempted from disputed tax
Digital PolicyMinister Nikos Pappas yesterday approved an amendment that would exempt the monastic community of Mount Athos in northern Greece from having to pay disputed property taxes on its sizable real estate assets.
The amendment, included in a bill of the Ministry for Digital Policy, was drafted by lawmakers Panos Skouroliakos of SYRIZA, Giorgos Lazaridis from coalition partner Independent Greeks and Yiannis Saridis of the Union of Centrists. The amendment frees the community of the obligation of paying older property taxes that have not been settled. The amendment was initially included in a Finance Ministry bill submitted last week but was frozen by Deputy Finance Minister Katerina Papanatsiou, who said she needed time to examine the budget implications. A man died yesterday and others were feared dead or injured after the roof of a derelict building collapsed in the old harbor of the western port city of Patra.
The man, whose identity was not immediately disclosed, was, according to local website bestnews.gr, a refugee who had sought shelter in the building, which also served as a makeshift shelter for members of the Roma community.
According to local reports, rescue teams were combing through the debris in search of other possible victims and survivors. The building had been declared unsafe and was scheduled for demolition in three months.
Eyewitness Yiannis Makkas, who was in his office just a few meters from the building when the roof caved in, told the AthensMacedonian News Agency he felt a vibration “like an earthquake.” “I then opened the window and saw everything collapsed,” he said.