Gov?t sets out selloff program

The latest report by the government on the Stability and Growth Program for the second quarter of the year provides for the start of the privatization process for 34 regional airports, 12 ports — including Piraeus and Thessaloniki — and of water companies EYDAP and EYATH.

At the same time, the management of the privatization fund (TAIPED) appears to be examining the concession of railway infrastructure, belonging to the Hellenic Railways Organization (OSE), for the supply of transport services by private companies.

According to a statement by TAIPED?s managing director, Costas Mitropoulos, to Reuters, the fund will proceed with commissioning a consultant to examine the possibility of conceding OSE infrastructure for passenger and/or cargo transport to private companies.

In its latest report submitted this month, the government promises to proceed rapidly with the sale of 29 percent of OPAP gaming company, of Public Gas Corporation (DEPA) and the gas grid operator (DESFA), as well as a number of other state corporations.