The government must immediately and officially reveal which archaeological sites and other public properties are "hidden" in the 10,119 asset codes transferred to the Hellenic Corporation of Assets and Participations (HCAP), the so-called 'privatisations superfund', main opposition New Democracy said in a note on Friday.
"The archaeological sites and museums of our country do not belong either to Mr. Tsipras nor Mr. Tsakalotos. Greece's heritage is not for sale," the note added.
Despite pledges to the contrary made by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras made after the crucial summit on Greece in 2015, ND said, the government had signed off on the transfer of 10,119 real estate assets to HCAP on June 19, through a decision taken by Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos.
"The minister's decision refers to a second 84-page decision issued by the Council for Economic Policy, with the same date, that includes only tables with 10,119 land registry codes," the noted pointed out.
This was followed by complaints, reports and questions tabled in Parliament in September about the "secret" handover of state property throughout Greece to the superfund, ND said, including museums, court houses, local authority buildings, sports grounds and public spaces, as well as symbolic buildings linked to the history of their location.
The first official complaint about the transfer of ancient monuments was made by the Greek archaeologists association, which said the Tsakalotos "codes" included monuments belonging to the Chania Antiquities Ephorate, such as the moat of the Byzantine wall and significant Minoan remains, in addition to the Eleftherios Venizelos Museum and the Historical Archives of Crete.
This was followed by a second complaint concerning the ancient theatre in Larisa, ND added, while noting that the efforts made by ministers to shunt responsibility elsewhere "were not an answer".