ATHENS, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Greece gave the green light to its gaming committee to launch a tender for a new casino licence, removing another obstacle for a major tourism project in Athens, which is a key conditionality of the country’s international bailout.
The decision was published in the Feb. 22 Government Gazette, the same day as Greece’s top administrative court approved the project’s development plan.
A finance ministry official told Reuters that an advisor for the tender would be hired soon.
Property developer Lamda signed a 99-year lease with the state in 2014 to convert 620 hectares of wasteland at the former Hellenikon Athens airport into a complex of luxury residences, hotels, a yachting marina, including a casino.
Progress on the project, which has been beset by delays, is being watched closely by Greece’s creditors as a test of the government’s commitment to privatisations under its multi-billion euro bailout. (Reporting by Lefteris Papadimas, editing by David Evans)