Greece Enacts Emergency Rules on Building Demolitions After Fires

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    Greece’s government has enacted emergency procedures which will allow ministries to issue demolition orders on illegally constructed buildings.

    Saturday’s move will give the Environment, Energy and Interior ministers the power to order the removal of structures which are in breach of building regulations.

    The move follows July’s deadly fires in the Attica region which have claimed 94 lives so far.

    The Athens-Macedonian News Agency reported one governmental source saying: “The assumption of immediate measures by the state, under the weight of the national tragedy the Greek people experienced, is imperative in order to proceed with the demolition of illegal buildings that are a threat to public safety.”

    Last week, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced that a National Emergency Response Service is to be established to replace the General Secretariat for Civil Protection.