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Interested in Buying a Greek Port? Samaras Government Transfers Rights of 23 Ports & Marinas

Are you interested in operating a Greek port? You could slowly start to scratch your money together because Greece is readying to make them available to those willing to invest in the debt-ridden country. 23 Greek ports and touristic ports (marinas) will pass from Greek hands to investors’ willing to operate them. The government plans even a one-stop-shop to attract buyers. As the settlement of the labyrinth bureaucracy would certainly need some time, the Finance Ministry decided to transfer the right of the ports to Greek Privatization Agency (TAIPED)- as a first step.

In a statement issued on Monday,  the Finance Ministry published the names of the ports that would come under the hammer as the country struggles to fill its debt’s gaps through privatizations. The ministry transferred to :

These ports and tourist ports:
Zakynthos, Katakolon, Tourlos/Mykonos, Chios, Pylos/Messinia, New Epidaurus, Glyfada, Poros, Skiathos, Skyros, Agios Nikolaos/Crete, Itea, Phocis, Kalamaria (Aretsou), Kos, Alimos, Hydra, Rethymno, Rhodes (Mandraki and Akantia) , Suda and Argostoli.

TAIPED get the permission to deal with the issue and make deals with third parties that want to make use, administrate, manage and operates them.

PS Saying Goodbye to Greece, we know…

BTW: Who owes the ports and sells them without even blushing, without even asking us? I suppoed the ports were built with Greek taxpayers money, not?


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  1. On various sailing excursions I took 10in the Ionian and the Peloponese it was noticeable which ports were the public ones and which were private. The private ones were the ones that were well organised and had facilities for the boats and crew readily available. The public ones looked like they were in those old Greek films from the 60s! They have their charm I guess, but more than likely they cost more to the public and provide less than the private ones. I’m sure that if someone took the time to investigate there are acts of fraud with public funds and the port authorities behind the reasons that have led them to their sad state.

  2. My other country, an ISLAND, made the very same mistake. Ports were stolen from the public, or “privatized” as it is known. Net result? There are a few yachts around the place, a berth costs a fortune, and if you don’t pay up a extortionate membership fee every year, you are not allowed near or in the port. Even if you are local and your family has been using the port for centuries. The local fishing industry was killed, simply because the local fishermen were not allowed to land their fish on the quay wall any more, but had to sail another 85 miles or so further North to the “designated” fisheries port. The price of fish went through the roof, fresh fish became something of the past, complete communities decimated and many, many more people un employed. A fishing industry at one stage employing over 80,000 people is non-existant today.
    Why, because the elite once again made it impossible for Joe Soap to live the life he wants to life but instead insisted he has to live the life they want him to live.
    Keep going with uprooting people, forcing them into unacceptable life chances (unacceptable to them, which is what matters!), and before you know it you will have generations of the curse of unemployement, emigration, drug abuse, petty crime, and all the other advantages these policies bring to small communities. And you can start writing letters to your local newspaper remeniscing about the “good old days” and wondering what got into people these days…

    • keeptalkinggreece

      thanks for the interesting information on ports privatization & fishery indrustry in Ireland.

  3. Greek Myth nr. 13#: Public Property
    There never was anything public about property in Greece. All property belongs to the nomenklatura in one way or the other. Crying now that property is stolen from the people is a clear sign of living the myth.

    • keeptalkinggreece

      that’s why the old tourism slogan was ‘live your myth in Greece’ 🙂

      • The only reason there is nothing public about property anywhwere is because the “public” let the elite get away with telling them so…
        One of the 4 basic needs of people is “housing”. that should be the only bit “private” about property, the roof over your head. In fact, it should be a right rather than something you may be allowed to have if you hand over a lot of money.
        All other property should indeed be “public”. Yes, by doing so you will indeed upset a few people, but you will also remove one of big, if not the biggest, cause of the trouble we are finding ourselves in right now, ie.e property speculation. Surely, preventing that from upsetting the lives of future generations is worth the upsetting of the few today?

        • Housing should be private??? Depends on the country.
          In Holland housing used to be for 70+ percent in public hands. Mostly through Public Housing Societies with the aim of providing affordable housing. Now most have been privatized, houses are being sold off and the affordability is long gone. People who own their own homes have risen substantially. And with that the vulnerability and exposure to banksters.
          Paradoxical is that housing mobility has almost completely stopped. In a city like Amsterdam you have to be registered in some areas for more then 15 years to get a shot at a home. So, everybody stays put. Compare that to Athens where you can find housing within a month.
          Renting from private owners? As long as you are willing to pay more than 700 euro/month you can. But when the rent is lower (and there are laws about the hight of rent for certain houses) you are, as an owner, not able to decide who will rent you place. It will be put on the distribution list for which people have to wait those 10-15 years…
          It’s a horribly difficult discussion this.

          • It isn’t really such a difficult decision. The key to it is whether you want to have a housing policy to house people, or another moneymaking racket for banksters and the likes. We are stuck with the latter right now, with all the consequences. And there are of course loads more, like negative equity etc. If, and it is of course a big if, the gambling element can be removed from the housing market (which of course also means from the land market, ie the plots on which the houses are built), then housing becomes not only affordable, but social. Of course, our not so friendly banksters will have to go and look at other ways of fleecing people and keeping control.
            At the moment, in my other country, they have figured out that they have such a surplus of emply houses that it will take 50 years to clear it! That is the problem, speculation. And speculation on a basic need is not only immoral, it should be illegal.

            • In Holland they had that housing policy for 40 years after WW2. They never managed to get rid off the chronic housing shortages in spite of the massive housebuilding that went on all those years. You just can’t build quickly enough against the individualization trend in societies.
              The state was still planning for families of 4 and building accordingly, when people were desperate for small 1- or 2-persons apartments.
              At least that was quickly dealt with when around 1985 the whole housing business was privatized.
              But big problems remain, mostly because of all kinds of rules and regulations that just can’t keep up with the times. And in times when people are changing their jobs more often (and have to move town for it) the rent-security is having a very negative effect on mobility. If you live up north and find a job in the west, you simply can not take that, because you won’t be able to find a place to live.

              • Which of course right down to the core problem, over regulation and over centralization. The desease of every government. You know

                What’s a Camel? A horse designed by a government!

                Like everywhere else, Holland has it’s area specific problems. I would think they just couldn’t reclaim land from the sea fast enough to keep up with the demand for land, pushing up the price. And of course, the cowboys abusing whatever system is there. Wasn’t there a case years ago of something like 70,000 people having to leave their houses because they were built on top of a waste dump and methane and other niceties were finding there way into the water etc?

                The main cause of governments lagging behind reality is “The System”. just think about it. If a politician, single or as a government, encounters a problem, what to they do?
                They all, without fail, look over their shoulder to see if it happened before, and what did they do then? It them gets repeated, and thinkered with as they go along, because they find out that a similar problem in different circumstances requires different approaches. No such thing as forward planning orlogic with these boys . Let them at it, and they would solve tomorrow’s transport problems by re-introducing horse drawn trams..

  4. Keep the ports, scrap the port police. Result obvious.