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Campaign to remove billboards goes online

Infrastructure, Transport and Networks Minister Dimitris Reppas yesterday heralded a crackdown on illegal billboards on several major roads in the capital, including Kifissias Avenue and Pireos Street as a new website for citizens to report illegally erected billboards went online. The aim of the website www.illegalsigns.gov.gr is to get citizens involved in a drive to remove the offending signs, according to a press release issued by the office of Prime Minister George Papandreou, which is backing the campaign. «Illegal billboards cost lives, harm the environment and are eyesores,» the press release said. Those wanting to report illegal billboards can fill out an electronic form with the details of its whereabouts and a photograph if possible. Municipal or regional authorities will then follow up on the claim and, once the presence of the billboard has been confirmed as illegal, it will be torn down.