A site for the future construction of a Muslim mosque was identified in the Eleonas district of inner city Athens, based on an amendment tabled in Parliament as a rider sponsored by the environment, energy and climate change ministry and co-signed by other responsible ministries, it was announced on Friday. The mosque will operate in “a section of an existing public building” that will be “renovated and altered accordingly”. All expenditures will be covered by the public investments programme of the ministry of education, lifelong learning and religion.
According to the rider, the operation of the mosque will be undertaken by an entity to be called the Athens Muslim Mosque Managing Committee, a private law entity established in 2006.
No official mosque is currently in operation in the greater Athens area.