Ministry ready to raise the roof on Santorini

The Culture Ministry indicated yesterday that it is ready to step in and resolve the impasse that has led to the Akrotiri archaeological site on Santorini being closed for more than three years. The ministry’s general secretary, Theodoros Dravillas, said that a joint ministerial decision would soon be signed with the Public Works Ministry that would clear the way for a new roof to be erected over the site. The huge steel roof covering the remains of the ancient Minoan settlement collapsed in September 2005 as workers were watering soil laid over it. The accident led to a British tourist being killed while six others were injured. However, it emerged last month that the latest delay in efforts to place a new roof over the site has arisen because a presidential decree forbids construction at the archaeological site.

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