However some Muslims have complained that the site is not suitable for an official mosque which would be more convenient near public transportatopm or in the city center.
“We are Greek citizens and taxpayers and it is our right. We deserve to have a place to pray with dignity,” says Naim Elghandour, an Egyptian who has lived in Greece for 44 years and is the president of the Muslim Association of Greece.
Athens remains as the only EU capital without a mosque.
Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis described the new bill as “a decisive step in regards to rights and in particular in regards to the self-evident right to practise religious worship in conditions that respect the dignity of believers.”
The bill is to set aside 946,000 euros in the debt-ridden country.