Tougher penalties against those employing illegal migrants, incentives for couples to live in the city centre and the price of a ticket plus 200 euros to migrants that voluntarily leave the country were among measures decided during a government meeting on reviving the centre of Athens held on Monday. The meeting was chaired by Prime Minister George Papandreou.
Other measures included a sweep to collect abandoned cars, increased policing and urban renewal projects that simultaneously made use of abandoned buildings.

The meeting was attended by Interior Minister Yiannis Ragoussis, Environment, Energy and Climate Change Minister Tina Birbili, Citizens' Protection Minister Christos Papoutsis, Alternate Environment Minister Nikos Sifounakis, Deputy Health Minister Christos Aidonis and Deputy Labour Minister Anna Dalara.