08 June, 2005
The cabinet on Tuesday approved a draft bill prepared by the public order ministry on the post-Olympic use of security expertise gained during the Athens Olympic Games, in a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis.
Public Order Minister George Voulgarakis said the bill established a Coordinating Centre for Security Studies that will cooperate with foreign governments and provide advice and know-how obtained during the Olympics to organize security for similar organizations and events.
Voulgarakis said Greece would use the material it had acquired and the studies carried out on a global level, while noting that Greece was already cooperating with certain countries in this way.
The bill will also reactivate the traffic control centre in order to deal with traffic congestion and emergencies.
In addition, it sets up a council made up of police officers, judges and local government officials to monitor delinquency in each prefecture, so that individual problems that vary according to region can be dealt with more appropriately.
Responding to questions concerning the security cameras installed during the Olympic Games, Voulgarakis said that applications for permission to operate these have been submitted to the Authority for the Protection of Personal Data and that, where this permission was given, they will be put into operation.
The minister said that cameras monitoring vehicle traffic and others involved in the smooth running of the city were currently operating.
Source: Athens News Agency