Greece - SEPOX




ECTP-CEU member since:
Amount of own members: 100
President: Sofia Avgerinou
Delegate(s): Sofia Avgerinou , Anna Nikolaou
Contacts: Secretariat
Gini Building NTUA,
42 Patision, 10682
Tel. + 30-210-382.00.76
Fax. + 30-210-382.00.76
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Annual GPA reports to ECTP-CEU

Greece’s projects presented by the GPA to the ECTP-CEU European and Regional Planning Awards:

Country Factsheet for Greece (.gr)
ECTP-CEU Study Profession qualification Recognition - Stage II document - Appendix 4 Draft Directory (2012-12-21)
General Country Information
Capital City Athens
Population 11,257,000
Area (km2) 131 940
Population Density 85 per km2
EU Membership Greece joined what is now known as the EU in 1981.

Greece is a unitary parliamentary republic, composed of thirteen regions, one autonomous area, and 325 municipalities; the spatial planning competence is shared by the State, the regional administrations and the local authorities.

Greece’s Ministry contacts:
(From the Government website)

“ΥΠΟΥΡΓΕΙΟ ΠΕΡΙΒΑΛΛΟΝΤΟΣ ΕΝΕΡΓΕΙΑΣ & ΚΛΙΜΑΤΙΚΗΣ ΑΛΛΑΓΗΣ” (Ministry of Reconstruction of Production, Environment & Energy):

General Secretariat for Regional Planning and Urban Development:
17 Amaliados Str.
115 23
Phone: +30 210 6475 169
Fax: +30 210 645 2537

Planning as a Regulated Profession in Greece

The regulation is indirectly operated by a special body which provides work licenses to all engineers, as well as architects.

Professional Title:
The common professional name is "Michanikós chorotaxías ke periferiakís anáptixis".

EU Database Status:
The profession of “Michanikós chorotaxías ke periferiakís anáptixis” in Greece is not included in the EU Database of Regulated Professions.

National Regulation:
The access to the profession is regulated by the Technical Chamber of Greece, which is authorized to deliver work licenses for qualified engineer or architects.

Regional regulation:

Universities with approved trainings in Greece

The courses leading to the profession of “Michanikós chorotaxías ke periferiakís anáptixis”, or town planner, are Third Level Degree in Planning. There are correspondences between Greek and Cyprus courses, the ECTP-CEU study on recognition took a Greek university to present Greek and Cyprus courses.
Those courses are provided, in Greece, by:
• Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Department of Spatial Planning and Development Engineering, School of Engineering
• University of Thessaly, Department of Planning and Regional Development, Faculty of Engineering

Example from “ECTP-CEU Draft Stage 2 Study on the Recognition of Planning Qualifications in Europe”:

Undergraduate in Planning and Regional Development, University of Thessaly:

Even if it is an undergraduate course, the ten semesters and the range of modules allow it to meet the criteria for the selection as an exemplar course in the study.

Town Planning Press of Greece

Περιοδικού Αειχώρος
Άνθρωπος + Χώρος
Sakkoulas Publications

Country regulation:
Town Planning matters are divided between the three different levels of competence, that provide several planning documents, such as:
• General and Special Land Plans
• Regional Spatial Plans
• General Urban Plans

General and Special Land Plans:
Drawn at national level, those plans set out guidelines for the development of the country. The General Plans are long term documents, created for a period of 15 years; they promote the development with the respect of natural and cultural environment. The Special Plans are drafted for a period of 5 years, their purpose is to organize specific areas with particular interests, such as coastal areas, in industry or tourism matters for example.

Regional Spatial Plans:
This regional level document's purpose is to apply the national planning guidelines and organize the basic networks and the economic renewal of every region through planning rules in productive activities. It can also define more local areas where specific planning tools must be established to allow the realization of projects or activities. The lower level plans must be compatible with these regional rules.
General Urban Plans:
They cover the whole territory of a municipality and set out general decisions for its development. They define land use and general standards on average floor area ratios, green spaces and infrastructure needs. This results in a zoning system with tourist, residential, industrial or commercial areas, dedicated to a specific use, and spatially limited.


• Parliament; Governmental Committee; Ministry of Environment, energy and climate Change; Regions; Mayors; Prefects.


Information, consultation and dialogue
The involvement of citizens and organizations in the process of making General Urban Plans for example, is ensured by legislation. The public participation must take place before the approval of the plans, with public hearings, open office or any other system providing to citizens the possibility to express themselves on the draft. Once it is approved, it still can be challenged at the Council of State.
The same goes for other plans, such as town plans, where interested parties can comment and criticize the draft plan displayed in the Town Hall. Opinions from those parties and from the municipal council are sent to the Ministry of Environment which has the final word.


Main Planning legislation
From The Constitution of Greece, Part Two “Individual and Social Rights”, Article 24 “Protection of the environment”:
1. The protection of the natural and cultural environment constitutes a duty of the State. The State is bound to adopt special preventive or repressive measures for the preservation of the environment. Matters pertaining to the protection of forests and forest expanses in general shall be regulated by law. Alteration of the use of state forests and state forest expanses is prohibited, except where agricultural development or other uses imposed for the public interest prevail for the benefit of the national economy.
2. The master plan of the country, and the arrangement, development, urbanisation and expansion of towns and residential areas in general, shall be under the regulatory authority and the control of the State, in the aim of serving the functionality and the development of settlements and of securing the best possible living conditions.


ΣΤΛΛΟΓΟΣ ΔΛΛΗΝΩΝ ΠΟΛΔΟΓΟΜΩΝ ΚΑΙ ΥΩΡΟΣΑΚΣΩΝ (Greek Association of Urban and Regional Planners): 
ΥΠΟΥΡΓΕΙΟ ΠΕΡΙΒΑΛΛΟΝΤΟΣ ΕΝΕΡΓΕΙΑΣ & ΚΛΙΜΑΤΙΚΗΣ ΑΛΛΑΓΗΣ (Ministry of Reconstruction of Production, Environment & Energy):  

Regulated Profession Database of the European Commission:  

Greek Law Digest:  

ESPON Interstrat:  

Hellenic Resources Network: