Poros Council Opposes Port Privatization

The Poros Municipal Council has expressed its opposition to a government plan to privatize harbors, including the Poros port. The unanimous decision was taken at a regular council meeting on August 30 when the issue was brought for discussion by councilmember Dimitris Moropoulos.
Tenders for the ports are expected to be issued by the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund, or TAIPED, after an interministerial committee meeting on August 13 approved the Finance Ministry’s proposal to issue concessions to investors for 23 small ports and marinas, including Poros. The government hopes to raise some fifty billion euros from privatizations as part of a deficit reduction program agreed with the European
After a heated discussion—which included an opposition objection on procedure as the issue was raised off-agenda—the Poros Municipal Council unanimously expressed its unequivocal opposition to the port’s privatization. The resolution also called for the Municipality of Poros to appeal the government decision before the Council of State, Greece’s highest administrative court.