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Athens Heads for €270 Million Revamp

Athens Greece

Athens, Greece. Photo: GTP

The Greek capital is set to undergo a major revamp with works to focus on improving the everyday life of citizens and enhancing the overall tourism experience of travelers.

Budgeted at 270 million euros, from 150 million euros last year, the city’s infrastructure program was approved on Monday by the Athens Municipal Council.

“With most tenders expected to launch within 2020, the program includes 60 ongoing works, 90 new projects and 24 technical studies,” Deputy Mayor for Urban Infrastructure and City Planning Vassilis-Foivos Axiotis said on Tuesday, during the 49th General Assembly of the Athens-Attica & Argosaronic Hotel Association.

Deputy Mayor for Urban Infrastructure and City Planning, Vassilis-Foivos Axiotis

According to Axiotis, the municipality will allocate 40 million euros for the revamp of squares, sidewalks and public areas; 42 million for asphalting; 7 million for green areas; 17 million for cleanliness; and 3.7 million for the city’s sewer network.

“There are many hotels in Athens that have not connected their sewer systems with the city’s sewage, which is unacceptable,” Axiotis said during the event.

Meanwhile, the municipality is also focusing on the city’s landmark sites and monuments, and has channeled 1.5 million euros into the upgrade of the Lycabettus Hill – and theater –  near the center of Athens, and 8.6 into the creation of a metropolitan park in Eleonas.

Lycabettus hill

Lycabettus hill, Athens. Photo Source:

Moreover, Athens’ National Gardens, a landmark site attracting thousands of residents and visitors every year, will undergo major revamp and preservation works.

Athens bets on culture

Meanwhile, the municipality also bets on culture to improve the everyday life of citizens and upgrade the overall experience for travelers.

Therefore, it will increase the budget for the preservation of the city’s sculptures and the addition of new monuments, by 500,000 euros.

Athens, Greece. Photo: Maria Theofanopoulou

“We want to bring culture closer to residents and visitors, and make it an integral part of the everyday life,” Axiotis said, also adding that the municipality wishes for public art to flourish as in other major capitals around the world.

The municipality’s program for Athens’ revamp will be carried out within the next three years.

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Eleftheria has worked for several financial newspapers, magazines and websites during the past 19 years. Between 2004 and 2014 she worked as a radio producer, reporter and presenter for the Greek and English language program of “Athina 9.84 FM”. She also has hands-on experience in the MICE industry.
  1. Nikos Reply

    Shocking lack of any modern urban mobility initiatives to move people from automotive to walk, cycle, mass transit and other micromobility vehicles. Another half decade lost for Athens.

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