The Mall in Maroussi is illegal, deems Council of State

The Mall, a shopping center in the northern Athens suburb of Maroussi, was built illegally, the Council of State ruled Tuesday.

A plenary of judges at Greece’s highest administrative court decided that a law passed in 2003 to allow the speeding up of construction work around the Olympic Stadium amid a frantic bid to prepare the site for the 2004 Games had been legal but that it had been unconstitutional for this legislation to be used to construct the nearby mall.

Once the court publishes its decision, the owners of the building, which covers 58,500 square meters and has 90,000 square meters of underground parking, will have to pay a large fine to protect it from demolition. The size of the fine is not known yet.

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