Athens municipalities launch legal action over land ownership

Two municipalities in Athens submitted appeals to the Council of State on Tuesday, arguing that the government’s decision to transfer ownership of 30 percent of the land at the Elliniko and Aghios Cosmas sites in southeastern Athens to the country’s privatization fund is illegal.

The municipalities of Alimos and Elliniko-Argyroupoli claimed that the move to pass the ownership to the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (TAIPED) on a 99-year lease so the land, including parts of the old Athens airport, can be sold to investors is unconstitutional.

The area totals more than 6 square kilometers.

Residents have also appealed against the process.

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