Greek Environment, Town Planning and Public Works Minister George Souflias on Thursday said a decision by the government not to include a Metropolitan Park in Hellenikon project in EU-funded plans was a political choice, since the government prefered to fund a series of other environmental-friendly projects, such as biological processing, waste management etc.
Speaking in Parliament, the Greek minister said the Metropolitan Park in Helliniko could be the largest park in the world, covering an area of 5,900 stremmata (one stremma=1,000 sq.m.) and noted that the use of only 300 stremmata for real estate development could fund construction and maintainance works of the park. Souflias also announced that the government planned to set up a Green Fund to support other downgraded areas in Athens while he underlined that a study for the construction of the Metropolitan Park was the result of an international tender held by the PASOK government.
Source: Athens News Agency