The entry of the island of Spinalonga into the UNESCO World Heritage List enters the decisive phase. In the last days, all the documentation necessary to perform this operation has already been completed. Unanimously, all members of the Central Archaeological Council (Κεντρικού Αρχαιολογικού Συμβουλίου) also issued unanimous consent to add to the list. Most likely, by the end of January, the documentation will be deposited at the UNESCO headquarters.
Maria Andreadaki-Vlazaki, secretary general of the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sport, stressed that "the development of this plan was a very difficult task, which was completed thanks to the help of the municipality of Agios Nikolaos and the archaeologist Gogo Moschóvi (Γωγώ Μοσχόβη)", which is considered one of the the greatest advocates and also Spinalonga experts.
It is also worth mentioning here that if the entire operation is successful, Spinalonga will be the first monument in Crete inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. According to Ms. Vlazaki, other monuments to be inscribed there are the Minoan palace complexes.
Writing Spinalonga on the World Heritage List would also be a great summary of the renovation work that has been carried out there over the last 20 years. In total, € 4 million has been allocated to all such activities within the island. Currently, as part of co-financing from European funds, another large project is being implemented, with the total budget of 900,000. €.