ECONOMY

MoD deeply involved in Olympic works

The Ministry of Defense is involved in over 20 projects connected with the Olympic Games and its action plan for the Games calls for a budget in excess of 200 million euros. Some of the projects involve the ministry’s providing installations – like the officers’ holiday resorts at the seaside suburb of Aghios Andreas – to accommodate media representatives. Others are more obscure but necessary to the success of the Games, for example, the relocation of a communications antenna belonging to the Greek navy to make way for the rowing center at Schinias, northeast of Athens. The two media villages, adjoining each other, will house a total of 1,480 media professionals. Construction companies have already started redeveloping one of the resorts; the redevelopment of the other resort is still at the bidding stage. The army and navy academies will also be used as accommodation centers for a total of 818 umpires. The ministry will also provide health and weather services.