The Acropolis Restoration Service (YSMA) is a special peripheral service of the Ministry of Culture. It was established by the Presidential Edict 97/1999 (Φ.Ε.Κ. 104/Α/26.5.99) in order to organize and carry out the works of conservation and restoration on the Acropolis. Academic responsibility for carrying out the works has, since 1975, been held by the Committee for the Conservation of the Acropolis Monuments (ESMA), an interdisciplinary committee of specialist scholars.
The Director of the YSMA is responsible for the coordination and unhindered function of the works, for its adherence to the time-frame and for introducing to the ESMA matters for which the Committee is responsible. The YSMA is divided into the following sections:
The responsibilities of each of the above work sections are described analytically in the By-laws for the Function of the Acropolis Restoration Service (ΦΕΚ Β' 1593/2002).
In 2000 the programme "Conservation and Restoration of the Acropolis Monuments" was entered in the Program "Culture" of the 3rd Community Support Framework with an initial budget of 16,8 million euros for the period 2000-2004. With the modification of the Technical Bulletin, which was necessitated by the particular nature of the object and the need for additional programmes, the total funding for the works during the period 2000-2009 from the 3rd Community Support Framework came to 31,3 million euros. To this should be added the amount of 3,5 million euros made available by the Program of Public Investments. Between 2011-2013 a new restoration program has been initiated under the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) with a budget of 8 million euros.
Working today in the YSMA are 161 employees of all specialties: architects, civil engineers, archaeologists, chemical engineers, mechanical and eletrical engineers, conservators and conservation technicians, marble technicians, work technicians and administrative employees. Interdisciplinary collaboration in solving the problems and the fact that the personnel are specialists assure the high quality of the Acropolis works that have received international recognition.