Greece: Athens to crack down on illegal use of public space

29 April, 13:18

    (ANSAmed) - ATHENS, APRIL 29 - Athens municipal police will be intensifying inspections on cafes, kiosks and other businesses that use public sidewalks and squares for seating or to display their wares, following a crackdown in the popular central district of Gazi last week. According to City of Athens data cited by daily Kathimerini, in 2012 were filed 3,135 lawsuits against businesses for being in breach of zoning regulations with 42.2% of the suits relating to the illegal use of public space. Businesses can pay municipal authorities rent for the use of public sidewalks or squares, but need to abide by the exact area stipulated in their lease. In 2012, the City of Athens collected 3.7 million euros in rent from cafes, bars, kiosks and other businesses. Businesses found using more space than they've paid for face a fine of 200% of the initial charge. (ANSAmed).

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