31 March, 2005
The bill regarding post-Games use of Olympic venues aims at upgrading Greek citizens' quality of life, boosting economic growth and transparency, and creating new jobs, Alternate Culture Minister Fani Palli-Petralia told reporters on Wednesday.
Palli-Petralia said that the bill clearly defines the role of the state, individuals and regional authorities, emphasizing that the bill does not have any grey areas that are open to interpretation. She also reiterated the government's position that "nothing [of the Olympic venues] will be sold."
The alternate minister also explained that the bill calls for the creation of green zones and the development of theme parks, while there will be no further construction on Olympic sites.
She said that interest from private investors has been great, as witnessed by her and by her colleagues. Additionally, she clarified that there have not been any specific proposals regarding long-term leasing of the sites, but said that such a possibility will be considered.
The bill will soon go to Parliament, but Palli-Petralia did not specify a date.
Source: Athens News Agency