Christos Spirtzis

Minister Vows to Demolish Illegal Buildings in Fire-Stricken Greece

"All building permits in Mati will be checked. We will tear down buildings wherever it is needed," stated Infrastructure and Transport Minister Christos Spirtzis on Friday. Spirtzis made the statement in the aftermath of the deadly fires that literally obliterated...

Greek Minister Flouts Anti-Smoking Law (photos)

An embarrassing photo has emerged of a Greek minister smoking indoors during an event in Thessaly as the government is supposedly trying to enforce widely-flouted anti-smoking  laws. The mayor of Trikala, a town in Thessaly that has banned smoking in public,...

Police Arrest 19 for Stealing Railway Equipment; Over 7 mln Loss to State

Greek Police arrested 19 individuals, including a Hellenic Railways Organisation (OSE) manager and employees, who worked in a gang stealing railway equipment valued at over 7 million euros. The gang's activity, spread in several cities of Greece, began operations on...

Greek Government Under Fire for Decision to Increase Highway Speed Limit

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport's announcement to increase the speed limit on motorways; as part of the reform of the Road Traffic Code, has been met with great backlash from the Greek public. Minister Christos Spirtzis recently stated that...

Greek Transport Minister Slams German Company for Poor Running of Regional Airports

Greece's Minister of Infrastructure and Transport Christos Spirtzis on Tuesday launched an attack against German company Fraport for not sufficiently running the 14 regional airports that were privatized last year. Speaking on the radio station of the Athens Macedonia News...

Key Section of Ionian Highway Opens to Traffic

Infrastructure and Transport Minister Christos Spirtzis on Wednesday officially opened the 27-km section of the Ionian highway between the Amfilochia junction and the Arta ring road, during a low-key ceremony held at the 124th km of the highway. The...

Excessive Speed Blamed for Fatal Train Crash in Adendro, According to Report

A preliminary report into the causes of the fatal train crash in the village of Adendro, near Thessaloniki, Greece, last week confirmed it was due to excessive speed, a preliminary report delivered to Infrastructure Minister Christos Spirtzis showed on...

PM Tsipras Inaugurates Greece's New Highway: Patra – Athens in 1.5 hours!

"We are opening roads. We are opening the road that was hindering the connection of Western Greece with the capital, we are opening the road to exit the crisis and supervision," Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday said...

After 70 Years In-the-Making, Athens-Thessaloniki Motorway Completed

The most dangerous part of the road between Athens and Thessaloniki, the Tempi valley, is bypassed with this work, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Thursday during the delivery ceremony. It is replaced by a short road that...

Eight in Ten Greeks Dodge Bus Fares

New data released by Road Transport AE (OSY) indicate that eight out of ten Greeks do not pay fare when taking the bus. OSY is showing a "black hole" in revenues as fare-dodging has taken unprecedented dimensions since the summer...