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Greece: Athens in 2030

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA) On April 20, Souflias heralded an ambitious 20-year plan, making provision for a future Athens facelift, as it is projected that, by that time, the population in the region of Attica will have probably doubled.  According to the minister, the plan foresees the coexistence of “sustainable development, protection of natural resources, stable economic growth, an upgrading in competitiveness and the improvement of citizens’ quality of life.”  One of the most ambitious aspects of this plan that aims at promoting Athens’ international role as a metropolitan area of Europe, is the creation of a 220-kilometer metro network comprising eight lines and covering 85% of Attica. Moreover, the plan seeks to ‘freshen up’ historic urban centres in Attica such as Athens and Piraeus downtown by turning roads along historic buildings and architectural monuments into pedestrian zones. The draft bill for the plan will be debated sometime by November, after its submission to the Parliament.  City of Athens: Urban Planning; Secretariat General of Information: About Brand Greece- Spatial Planning; Networks Attica-Piraeus Prefecture: Regeneration of Athens Pedion Areos Park (‘Field of Mars’)