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20 December, 2001
The new Acropolis Museum will be completed and inaugurated before the start of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos announced on Wednesday.
Venizelos made the announcement during the signing ceremony of the contract between the Organization for the Construction of the New Acropolis Museum and the contractors.
Construction work is expected to start by the end of June 2002.
Venizelos said that the signing of the contract constitutes the fulfillment of late culture minister Melina Mercouri's dream for the creation of the museum. The minister also noted that Mercouri's husband Jules Dassin played a leading role in efforts for the creation of the new museum.
Source: Athens News Agency