Building rules

The presentation yesterday of the industrial zoning plan was a positive step that is expected to solve one of the crucial problems dogging Greece’s entrepreneurial world. Greece has so far been one of only a handful of European countries where business people did not know where they could create a hotel or industrial unit. The government was certainly late in processing the zoning plan, but that does not diminish the significance of the map. The unveiling of the plan is expected to spark a great deal of discussion over the various advantages and disadvantages. The public works minister should take into consideration any objections raised by local communities and environment groups. At the same time, one can only hail the ministry’s move to finally make clear what type of building can be constructed and where. One hopes that it will set an example for other ministers who are busy hunting votes in their electoral districts.