Thursday November 27, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
14o C
8o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Ministerial dispute over taxi bill

Alternate Defense Minister Yiannis Ragousis, left, and Transport Minister Makis Voridis.

A bill liberalizing the taxi drivers’ sector has caused a major dispute in the ranks of the interim government headed by Lucas Papademos.

Alternate Defense Minister Yiannis Ragousis, who previously held the transport ministry portfolio, was the sole member of the Cabinet to vote against a draft bill which is expected to be submitted to Parliament in the near future.

Ragousis, who argued that the proposed reforms protect the narrow interests of certain groups, released a series of emails exhanged with the troika -- the European Union, the European Central Bank and the Intenational Monetary Fund – to prove that European and IMF officials had approved a previous draft bill carrying his signature.

Based on calculation taking into account population and environmental criteria, the new bill does not foresee fresh cab licenses in Attica, though new permits will be issued elsewhere around Greece. Licenses are also expected to be issued for vehicles seating five to eight people which will not carry meters.

Speaking on Skai on Friday, Ragousis spoke of the “politics of exception” and noted that the truck drivers will be up next with demands for their sector to be exempted from total liberalization.

Responding to Ragousis, Transport Minister Makis Voridis noted that the new bill’s basic principles have already been approved by the troika, adding that on an ethical level «it would be preferable to leave any discussion with the troika to the minister in charge.»

Also speaking on Skai on Friday, the general secretary of the SATA taxi owners’ union, Constantinos Dimos, said that the proposed draft bill will streamline Greek policy with the rest of Europe.

ekathimerini.com , Friday March 23, 2012 (12:41)  
Greece says EU/IMF bailout exit could be delayed for ´technical´ reasons
Ship with 700 migrants safely towed to Greek coast
Independent Greeks MP to be questioned over bribery claims
Greece paralyzed by major strike, flights cancelled
Lower provisions and energy costs boost Greece´s PPC Q3 profit
Greece's dominant power utility PPC on Thursday reported a 29.7 percent rise in third-quarter core profit, helped by lower provisions for past due electricity bills and softer energy costs. ...
Eurozone loans to private sector still contracting: ECB
Loans to the private sector in the euro area, a gauge of economic health, fell year-on-year in October, but by slightly less than in September, the European Central Bank said on Thursday. Th...
Inside Business
SOCCER
Atletico drubs Olympiakos 4-0, leaving Reds with slim chances of CL qualification
Atletico Madrid avenged its 3-2 defeat in Piraeus in September with a 4-0 win over Olympiakos on Wednesday, meaning the Greek champion only has mathematical hopes left for a spot in the next...
SOCCER
Atletico eyes last 16 berth against Olympiakos
Greek champion Olympiakos faces a tough task if it is to prevent last season's beaten finalist Atletico Madrid sealing its passage into the last 16 of the Champions League at the Vicente Cal...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
Scraping together the 180 MPs will not be enough
Even if the coalition government was to scrape together the 180-MP majority it needs to elect a new President in the 300-seat House, skeptics say, what will change really? There is one evide...
EDITORIAL
Taking back what’s stolen
A large group of public prosecutors and state officials (coming from various departments) have been working on major corruption cases. Of course it is their duty to do so, yet their actions ...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Lower provisions and energy costs boost Greece´s PPC Q3 profit
2. Eurozone loans to private sector still contracting: ECB
3. Eurozone economic sentiment rises slightly in November
4. Bank of Cyprus posts 76 million euro nine-month profit
5. Greece says EU/IMF bailout exit could be delayed for ´technical´ reasons
6. Ship with 700 migrants safely towed to Greek coast
more news
Today
This Week
1. Greece paralyzed by major strike, flights cancelled
2. Troika talks to continue after failure to wrap up negotiations in Paris
3. Greece scrambles to find food, shelter for 700 migrants on crippled ship
4. Greek diplomat dies in fall under Thai train
5. Chief suspect in Piraeus bar shooting arrested
6. Greek, German, Portuguese, Spanish debt to benefit most from ECB QE - ABN Amro
Today
This Week
1. Give Greece a chance
2. Biden heads to Istanbul amid tension over Cyprus EEZ violation
3. Scientists expand excavation of ancient Amphipolis
4. Extremism from a bygone era
5. Piraeus nightclub shooting leaves 3 seriously injured
6. Cosco’s Greek unit adds multinational rail-freight client
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.