Mayor of Vilnius Arturas Zuokas announced a proposal to purchase several islands from the Greek government. According to the Mayor, small uninhabited islands that are owned by the Balcan State cost no more than five million dollars each, bnn-news.com reports.
Zuokas also allows that these islands could cost the Lithuanian state even less, LNK Žinios writes. The Mayor plans to build business centres and tourist areas on these islands.
Experts mention EU’s support as one of the advantages of Lithuania’s territorial growth. These islands are located within this supranational foundation. Therefore, Brussels will be forced to aid their development.
Currently, there is no agreement among Greek politicians on the “territorial bargain” issue. Several days earlier, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras announced that the separation of these islands is possible with the compliance of several conditions. However, the politician’s words were then refuted by the government’s press-service. The topic of selling the islands is not popular among Greece’s citizens.
As it is well known by now, Greece is one of the countries that suffered more than most from the global financial crisis. The quality of life on the country has dropped by 35% since 2008. In the event if Athens is also forced to leave the Eurozone, average income per capita will drop by an additional 70%.
Zuokas’ proposal to purchase land from Greece has already been declared earlier this year, on 7 October at a business conference “Versli Lietuva”.