The City of Athens said on Friday that it will be able to provide places in preschool education for all the children that have applied to nursery schools in the municipality.

Maria Iliopoulou, the head of the service, said that partly thanks to European Union funding, there will be 5,500 places available to children.

Iliopoulou said that the municipal budget for preschool education has been halved from 54 million euros in 2010, while the number of pupils has risen by 15 percent.

Iliopoulou said that 52 percent of families who send their children to municipal nursery schools pay no fees at all, while 33 percent pay 70 euros a month.