OPINION

Property list not thought through

The fact that 3 million people will be rushing within the next three (slow, summer) months to register their properties before the assigned deadline should have people at the Ministry of Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works very worried indeed. The ministry has waited until this moment to express concern that it may have fallen short in its assessment of the number of overall properties that need to be registered and its fear that property records offices will be unable to handle the huge load of files once the rush hits. However, even without these additional hiccups in the system, we are certain to have to face a common Greek phenomenon: long lines, a lot of bother and the eventual extension of the submission deadline. One can only wonder how ministers and their offices plan things. But the ministry has a duty to examine alternative ways of carrying out its difficult task now, rather than wait for thousands of citizens to go through a frustrating time first.