Memorandums of Understanding and Cooperation on the real estate development of the Ministry of National Defence by the Local Administration have been concluded on Friday, 12 April 2019, between the MoD and the Municipalities of Chania and Heraklion.
The Memorandums concluded by the Minister of National Defence, Evangelos Apostolakis, and the Mayor of Chania Anastasios Vamvoukas and the Mayor of Heraklion Vasileios Lamprinos, aim at:
- developing the MoD’s real estate in the best possible way for the benefit of both the Armed Forces and the society as a whole, by setting up infrastructure that will serve the public interest;
- serving purposes of general interest relating to the need for economic development of the Municipalities concerned;
- the synergy between two major State institutions (Armed Forces – Local Administration).
In particular, the Memorandum between the MoD and the Municipality of Chania involves the development of “MARKOPOULOS” camp. This Memorandum provides for the establishment of a committee of strategic cooperation, with the participation of representatives from both parties, in order to determine the more specific context of development of the said camp. It should be noted that on the MoD’s initiative, the inclusion of the relocation project of Units / Services from “Markopoulos” Camp to “Raptopoulos” Camp in Chania in the Public Investment Programme 2019 has been approved.
The Memorandum was concluded by Messrs. Apostolakis and Vamvoukas, in the presence also of the Minister of the Environment and Energy Giorgos Stathakis, the Alternate Minister of Health Pavlos Polakis, as well as local MPs.
The Memorandum between the MoD and the Municipality of Heraklion involves the urban development of former “BETEINAKIS”, “GIAKOUMAKIS” and “THEODOSAKIS” camps, aiming at their development in the best possible way for the benefit of both parties, as well as the grant of part of the former “BETEINAKIS” Camp for use by the Municipality, with the exclusive purpose of constructing a school complex.
The above Memorandum was concluded in the presence of the Regional Councilor of Crete, Stavros Arnaoutakis, and local MPs.
On the sidelines of his visit to Crete, the Minister of National Defence visited the areas where Bailey type military bridges have been assembled, due to the disasters caused by extreme weather conditions in Platanias and Patelari. Moreover, he visited the area of Alikianos, where a Bailey type military bridge is planned to be assembled over Keritis river.
Statement by the Minister of National Defence, Evangelos Apostolakis, upon the conclusion of the Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation between the MoD and the Municipality of Chania
“We are here, at “MARKOPOULOS” Camp. The process for the relocation has already commenced, so that the services would be transferred to other premises, because this camp serves in terms of support the entire Crete.
Today is a very important day. After some difficulties, we managed to find a cooperation model with the Municipality for the future development of this space that is big enough and is situated in the heart of the city.
And of course, as was said at the beginning, the logic is that we are looking for ways to develop anything that is not operationally exploited and anything that has no operational value for the Armed Forces in the best possible way for the benefit of local society and citizens.
What is happening here in Chania will also happen in Heraklion and at the same time, actions are taken for Larissa and Kozani”.
JOURNALIST’S QUESTION: Sir, how long do you believe it will take for the relocation?
E. APOSTOLAKIS: The longer time that may be required is about twelve to fifteen months. It depends on the available funds and on the difficulties that we will experience during the relocation. But everything is planned. I estimate that it will take us only one year”.
Statement by the Minister of National Defence, Evangelos Apostolakis, upon the conclusion of the Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation between the MoD and the Municipality of Heraklion
JOURNALIST: This is a particular honour for the Municipality of Heraklion. A longstanding request becomes a reality.
E. APOSTOLAKIS: It is my honour to be here, in the Municipality of Heraklion and to be given the opportunity now to end up with cooperation with the Municipality with regard to the three camps that you have mentioned. After much effort and several problems solved, we managed to get to this point. We trust that the camps are allocated to the society, in a productive manner for the local community. From what we have seen, a school will soon be formed; a school complex that is ready. And we are going to reach an agreement with the Municipality about what will happen with the other spaces. However, I must say that the development of these premises is governed by the general approach of the Ministry of National Defence that the best option and the best solution is sought to allocate anything that is not operationally required to the society and become more productive.
JOURNALIST’S QUESTION: Sir, could you perhaps make an overall statement as you did in Chania?
E. APOSTOLAKIS: Absolutely. The same thing happened to Chania, at “MARKOPOULOS” Camp, which is large enough and is situated in the heart of the city. This camp will also be developed in a relevant way. At the same time, the same actions are taken in Larissa and Kozani. Some camps may be disengaged gradually and we are trying to seek the best options, in cooperation with Municipalities, for their best development and allocation to local societies.