Athens, October 5, 2022
The Church of Greece will be demanding several million euros in compensation from the Greek state for preventing it from developing its own property, which caused a huge loss of revenue.
Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens explained to the Holy Synod yesterday that the call for compensation comes after the Church won the relevant case with the European Court of Human Rights in June, reports Orthodoxia.info.
In December 2011, Greek media reported that the Archdiocese of Athens was planning to develop its 8.5 hectares in the southern Athenian coastal resort of Lemnos at Vouliagmeni with hotels, tourist accommodation, a conference center, a spa, a health center, a golf course, and more.
However, the local authorities continually delayed the development plans, even ignoring court orders to allow it to resume. The Church’s case reached the European Court of Human Rights in 2013, only reaching its conclusion this summer.
The court found that that in those years, the Church suffered a loss of revenue of up to 20 million euros a year for no discernible reason. There is no explanation for the why the administration delayed the Church’s plans, the Court notes.
“The Church of Greece will file a lawsuit against the Greek State seeking compensation,” the Archbishop said.
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