The capital’s main meat market, the health standards of which were criticized earlier this month by European Union officials, is to be radically refurbished with work starting later this year, the government said yesterday. Development Minister Akis Tsochadzopoulos told a press conference that the market, at Aghios Ioannis Rendis in northern Piraeus, will effectively be rebuilt from scratch. «A radical change is called for,» he said after chairing a meeting of Development and Agriculture Ministry as well as health officials. «The market will be totally rebuilt.» Tsochadzopoulos said the project has reached a stage of final approval from planning and public works authorities. Costs, to be mostly provided by the EU, will reach 4.5 billion drachmas (13 million euros). The minister also promised a series of measures to improve health standards at the meat market, which visiting EU health inspectors criticized last week, pointing to transgressions of Union regulations on the removal of fat and the cutting of meat.