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Privatisation of Planning Powers and Urban Infrastructure- Privatisierung von Planung und städtischen Infrastrukturen


Edited By Stephan Mitschang

This book grew out of the sixth annual meeting of the Platform of Experts in Planning Law held in Lisbon in October 2012. The book’s chapters illustrate the evolution of this unique comparative land use planning and regulation forum. They allow a broader audience to benefit from the insights gained from the national case studies presented at the Lisbon meeting on the issue of Privatisation of Planning Powers and Urban Infrastructure.
Diese Veröffentlichung entstand aus dem sechsten Expertentreffen für Planungsrecht, das im Oktober 2012 in Lissabon stattfand. Die einzelnen Kapitel illustrieren die nationale Entwicklung im Planungsrecht und stellen einen einmaligen Vergleich des Planungsrechts vor dem Hintergrund der Privatisierungstendenzen im Bereich der Stadtplanung und städtischer Infrastrukturen in den verschiedenen Teilnehmerländern dar.
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3. Greece


Georgia Giannakourou and Evangelia Balla

3.  Greece


Urban and regional planning is perceived in Greece as a government’s duty and responsibility1. However, due to the financial and economic crisis the country is facing since early 2010 and the consequent government downsizing, the balance between public and private sector’s involvement in planning functions and processes is starting to change. Various functions and activities of urban planning that traditionally fell under the responsibility of public services and public agencies have been recently transferred to private entities. The ambitious privatization program the country has initiated in 20112 so as to reduce its public debt and support economic recovery, emphasizes the need for a larger involvement of private sector in real estate development and in planning processes as well. ← 87 | 88 →

At the same time, several initiatives towards a more market-oriented planning have been activated. Traditional land-use planning has been accused of creating important obstacles to establishment and investment because of excessive regulation, delay and uncertainty3. Indeed, according to OECD, “Boosting investment [in Greece] also hinges upon addressing land-use problems firms face during start-up by setting clear and adequate rules for spatial planning”4.

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