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The first step for the integration of Katakolon network of ydatodromion that will work in the country from spring 2015 was made at the meeting held on Monday afternoon at the Ministry of Transport and Communications the President of the Harbour Fund of Katakolon Mr. Leonidas Varouxis with the responsible Secretary Mr. Michael Papadopoulos in the presence of Ilia MP and former minister. Kostas Tzavaras. Mr. Papadopoulos analyzed to his interlocutors all the design of the ministry to create ydatodromion at 80 points of the mainland and islands. As he stated goal of ministry to the operation of ydatodromion is "the solution to the problems of linking our country's coastal areas and will become a growth driver for our Greece and the islands, as the benefits from the operation are multiplicative, the huge growth prospects and their impact extends to a wide range of social and economic activities'
Regarding the institutional framework for the establishment and operation of ydatodromion there was during the meeting a thorough briefing by the Legal Adviser of the ministry Ms. Despina Kefalidou . In particular Ms. Kefalidou reported on changes that have resulted in the establishment and operation status of ydatodromion under the relevant provisions of Law 4146/2013 with the most significant the one that enables the local Municipal Port Authority, or the Chambers of Commerce to undertake the initiatives, which was not the case until recently.
Over the next few days Mr. Varouxis will convene the Board of Municipal Harbour Fund and present a request to the Transport and Communications Ministry for ydatodromio function in Katakolon.
Mr. Varouxis expressed satisfaction over the Ministry's intention to integrate Katakolon in the network of ydatodromion, noting that there will be more initiatives for the promotion of the port as a tourism hub for the entire Western Greece.
From his part, Mr. Tzavaras, which maintains a friendly relationship with the State Secretary Mr. Papadopoulos, noted:
"There is a unique opportunity to complete the touristic charecter of the port of Katakolon with the establishment and operation of ydatodromio.
As discussed with the responsible Secretary in his office, with limited means the port will have an infrastructure that will give it the right and the ability to play a leading role in the first tour and later in transportation network ydatodromion since until the next tourist season of 2015 will operate throughout the Greek territory about 70 stations.
Seaplane offers not only tourist trips and for safe air transport, given that it moves under any weather conditions, it is low cost and under this concept can successfully fill the current needs for air transportation the region has which internationally represents the brand name of Olympia.
The procedures with the recent development law 4146 have accelerated without bureaucracy and cost.
It is also obvious that the Municipal Port Authority can be an agent that will develop a unique development direction initiative. "
Αξίζει να σημειωθεί ότι μέχρι σήμερα, πολλοί οργανισμοί λιμένος και λιμενικά ταμεία έχουν ζητήσει αδειοδότηση για τη λειτουργία υδατοδρομίων. Ο Οργανισμός Λιμένος Κέρκυρας έχει υποβάλλει αίτημα για τέσσερα υδατοδρόμια τα οποία αφορούν την Κέρκυρα, τους Παξούς, την Ερείκουσα και τους Οθωνούς.
Επίσης, άδεια για υδατοδρόμιο έχουν ζητήσει ο Οργανισμός Λιμένος Πατρών, ο Οργανισμός Λιμένος Λαυρίου, ο Οργανισμός Λιμένος Ηρακλείου, ο οργανισμός Λιμένος Βόλου, το δημοτικό λιμενικό ταμείο Σκύρου, το δημοτικό λιμενικό ταμείο Ρεθύμνου και το δημοτικό λιμενικό ταμείο Ζακύνθου.
Σημειώνεται ότι, όταν ολοκληρωθεί η αδειοδότηση των υδατοδρομίων, οι οργανισμοί λιμένος θα μπορούν να προχωρήσουν σε εκδήλωση ενδιαφέροντος, για την παραχώρηση μισθώματος της χρήσης τους έπειτα από διαγωνισμό σε οποιαδήποτε εταιρεία έχει την ανάλογη εμπειρία και γνώση.

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