“Mamma Mia!” movie director Phyllida Lloyd reacted to privatization of Greek coasts


“Mamma Mia!” movie director Phyllida Lloyd in a letter addressed to Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni voiced strong opposition to the coastal area privatization plans in Greece and underlined that she is fascinated by its natural beauty, as the country is among the last destinations in the world still unspoiled by commercial tourism.

The Greek island landscape “of incomparable beauty was the biggest gift to cinema-goers worldwide,” she underlined, noting that it is inconceivable to all the people associated with the movie – filmed on the northern Aegean islands of Skopelos and Skiathos – to even think that the extraordinary beautiful Greek coasts “will be auctioned off” in such a way.

The whole world sees Greece as one of the last unspoiled destinations, she underlined, adding that in combination with the archaeological sites across the country, Greece is among the few places in the world that can be called “heaven on earth”.

She noted that the movie was filmed in Greece because of this beauty, adding that there will be no return once the thin line is crossed and Greece’s coasts are occupied by hotels and other facilities, as it has repeatedly been proven by the horrifically overdeveloped coastlines in other European countries.

Lloyd said that the catastrophic economic crisis has a negative effect on Greece, underlining, however, that if the country’s unique contribution to the world cultural heritage is commercialized, the profits will be short-term but the disaster caused will be long-term both for the country’s future and the entire world.

source: AMNA




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2 comments on ““Mamma Mia!” movie director Phyllida Lloyd reacted to privatization of Greek coasts

  1. Greek Island of Elafonisos On Sale

    by Nikoleta Kalmouki – May 17, 2014

    One of Greece’s most beautiful isands, Elafonisos, located in the southern edge of Peloponnese, Greece will be up for sale according to a privatization plan by the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (TAIPED). The organization’s inclusion of 175 acres of the breathtaking beaches of Sarakiniko and Simos in a future sale plan, has caused widespread reactions.

    Locals as well as international environmental organizations are protesting against the sale of the beautiful island. The area is under the protection of the European program “Natura 2000″ due to the endemic plant species that exist on the island’s beaches and the wider area of Elafonisos. The residents believe that the island’s exploitation will destroy the natural environment.

    According to Elafonisos Association of Scientists, the beach of Simos is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean, while it has been included in the list of the top ten beaches of the world.

    The Mayor of Elafonisos, Panagiotis Psaromatis with a letter to the president of TAIPED and the Greek Finance Minister, expressed his opposition to the government’s plans.

    “We will by all means continue to protect our unique and sensitive natural environment,” he said.

    In 2013, “Guardian” placed Elafonisos first on a list of top ten areas with the most beautiful beaches in Greece. The German magazine “Geo-Saison” has described the island as “heaven on earth.”


    Elafonisos also means Pavlopetri …

    The city of Pavlopetri, is about 5000 years old, and is the oldest submerged archeological town site. It is unique in having an almost complete town plan, including streets, buildings, and tombs.

    video from Discovery


    University of Nottingham :Pavlopetri – City Beneath the Waves – ‘rebuilt’

  2. In the shadow of the Acropolis

    By Nikos Xydakis

    The recent inclusion of 19 properties owned by the Ministry of Culture in the portfolio of TAIPED, the fund overseeing the sale and privatization of state assets, is clearly part of new policy to speed up the sell-offs and generate cash in order to pay the country’s debts to its creditors on time. The same logic of expediency saw the large plot that was once home to Athens’s old international airport on the southern coast at Elliniko being taken away from the organization that was in charge of managing it and also placed in the portfolio of TAIPED, which is now speedily ceding it to the only buyer to have expressed an interest.

    The rush to sell these assets, which is not accompanied by any kind of joint strategy between the state and the investors as to how they will be developed, raises serious questions regarding their true value and whether they are being purposely sold on the cheap in order to speed up the privatization process.

    More questions are being raised in the case of the buildings in the historical center of Plaka that have been handed over to TAIPED, the most important being whether Greece’s national and historical capital is being sold short and whether the government is serving special interests of its own in doing so.

    The area around the Acropolis comprising the Plaka and Anafiotika districts has been listed by UNESCO as a buffer zone around one, if not the most significant monuments of world heritage. The Ministry of Culture acquired these 19 properties by appropriation for this precise purpose. The entire area is extremely important from an archaeological perspective, but also has an incalculable symbolic value for the modern Greek state. Greece’s first modern university and the residences of many important figures of the newly founded Greek state were built there, on the slopes of the Acropolis.

    The area, of course, has always attracted interested buyers, usually very wealthy individuals, and especially after the historic center of old Athens was significantly improved by ministers such as Antonis Tritsis and Stefanos Manos, but also Melina Mercouri, who was responsible for the appropriation of sites around the ancient citadel that were of archaeological interest.

    Does the decision to place the Culture Ministry’s 19 properties mean that the buffer zone around the Acropolis is being put up for sale? Will the outrageous proposal put forward by German magazine Bild suggesting that Greece should sell or rent its islands to cut its debt come to pass? If so, then consider this: The Culture Ministry’s real estate portfolio contains 220 state-owned buildings in Plaka, 68 in Anafiotika, 108 in Akadimia Platonos, the site of Plato’s Academy, 40 around the Ancient Cemetery of Kerameikos and 355 in the Medieval City of Rhodes.

    ekathimerini.com , Saturday March 15, 2014 (17:22)


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