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Politics: Minister on future of urban transports

Δημοσίευση 29 Δεκεμβρίου 2010, 09:13 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Politics: Minister on future of urban transports
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Infrastructure, Transport and Networks Minister Dimitris Reppas on Tuesday referred to the government’s plans as regards the future of urban transport in Attiki on the occasion of the mobilizations announced by employees in the public transport companies operating in the greater Athens region.

Infrastructure, Transport and Networks Minister Dimitris Reppas on Tuesday referred to the government’s plans as regards the future of urban transport in Attiki on the occasion of the mobilizations announced by employees in the public transport companies operating in the greater Athens region.

Reppas stated the plans include the establishment of a Metropolitan Urban Transport Authority and the reorganization of the public transport companies currently in operation through their merger from five to two; one for the road transport means and one for the rail-based.

He underlined that the restructuring was necessary for better operation and improved quality services, adding that the government will enter a discussion with the employees before a relevant draft law will be tabled in parliament next month.

Reppas stated the employee mobilisations are unjustified and assured that the public nature of transport will be maintained while no job positions will be lost, pointing out, however, that safeguarding the viability of the transport companies is a priority.

“The people should not be the ones to pay for the huge deficits in Athens’ urban transport that were the result of mismanagement, bad planning and unjustified high operating cost,” he stressed, adding that “the social and public interests should be above trade unionist interests”.