Alternate Economy Min. Pitsiorlas dismisses reports on Fraport compensation claims

The furore prompted by Spiegel’s report about Fraport, asserting that it will claim 70 million euros in compensation for the poor condition of Greece’s 14 regional airports, was “an unnecessary fuss,” said Alternate Economy Minister Stergios Pitsiorlas in an interview with the Athens-Macedonian News Agency’s radio station Praktoreio 104.9 FM on Friday.

“There is an ongoing procedure underway, and before this is concluded we have no reason to show concern,” he said, and added: “We are dealing with a major contract and, like all the other concessions, there will obviously be problems in the implementaion. The contracts make provision for the procedures to resolve such problems and we will have to wait for these procedures to see whether or not problems eventually exist. As regards the specific issue, the process of resolving technical differences is underway and I think we need to have confidence that this process will finally clarify things.”

On the former Helliniko airport investment and main opposition New Democracy’s criticism, Pitsiorlas said that we should let the Central Archaeological Council (KAS) conclude the procedure and predicted that whatever decision KAS reaches “will not create problems that cannot be overcome.”