SYRIZA-led government to go to Greece’s highest court as Elliniko redevelopment shambles continues
The SYRIZA-led government is considering taking the dispute between the Central Archaeological Council (KAS) to the Council of State, the country’s highest court, in an effort to resolve the issue. KAS is blocking the go-ahead for the redevelopment by claiming that part of the plot could be of archaeological interest. It is the latest of many obstables the consortium has faced in its effort to begin work on the old airport which has been sitting idle since it closed in 2001.
KAS, the country’s top advisory body on the protection of antiquities, failed again last week – for a third time – to reach a decision on whether to approve the project. The ongoing saga also contradicts the incompent government’s apparent enthusiasm for investment. SYRIZA has at least changed its view on the project as up until recently many of its Marxist members have attempted to block any deal due to their moronic ideologies - in other words putting those ideologies before the good of the country.
In order to break the deadlock, sources say the government will resort to the Council of State. If it does go that far, the court could make a decision by the end of the year.