Government spokesman George Petalotis again denied reports on Wednesday concerning Qatar's investment plans at the site of the former airport at Helliniko but stressed that there would be no direct assignments of contracts in the project. "We will not sidestep legality and everything will be done with transparency," he said, referring to statements made on the issue by Minister of State Haris Pamboukis. He also noted that no company had been assigned any contract concerning the development and that the Spanish architect Josep Acebillo was only carrying out the preliminary stage of plans.

On another issue, the spokesman stressed the government disapproval of moves by some 850 former MPs to seek a backdated increase in their Parliament pensions and quoted a statement made by Prime Minister George Papandreou in 2006 that "the letter of the law is something quite different to the sense of justice".