Thursday Jul 31, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
32o C
25o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Seven areas to pilot shopping on Sundays

By Dimitra Manifava

A pilot scheme which foresees all stores being able to open for business on Sundays throughout the year will apply to seven areas across the country for 12 months in a decision that is reportedly mentioned in the International Monetary Fund report whose publication was postponed yesterday by one week.

The seven areas where businesses will be allowed to operate according to the provisions of the law voted earlier this year are located in three Greek regions. In Attica they are the commercial center of Athens, including Ermou Street and Omonia Square, and the port of Rafina in the east; in the Southern Aegean they are Rhodes, Kos and Ermoupoli on Syros; and in Central Macedonia they are the commercial center of Thessaloniki, including Tsimiski Street, and the Halkidiki peninsula.

Development Ministry sources stress that it is the Finance Ministry that will be responsible for the final negotiations on the issue with the countrys creditors, but they do not refute that those are the areas where the measure will be experimentally applied.

The Development Ministrys decision to rule that stores in those areas will have the option of opening on any Sunday of the year regardless of their size and without any decisions by their regional authority will need to be issued by July 7.

The issue of Sunday opening for stores will be reassessed in spring 2015, based on agreements reached with Greeces creditors and building on the experience from the pilot scheme in the above areas, while the full liberalization of opening hours throughout the country cannot be ruled out.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) had recommended two options: The first concerned the pilot application of the measure in certain areas popular with tourists and then the comparison of consumer behavior and turnover with the areas where stores would remain shut on Sundays, while the second provided for the immediate liberalization of Sunday operation of all stores. The government opted for the first.

Besides Sunday opening, the issue of sales and offers periods is also heading toward liberalization. By October 7, the development minister must have issued a decision for the creation of a Code of Conduct regarding the protection of consumers during periods of sales, offers and promotional actions. The current status will be reassessed at the end of the year so that a new law will have done away with the existing limitations by spring 2015.

ekathimerini.com , Thursday June 5, 2014 (22:28)  
Only 5 percent of stores see brisker business during this years summer sales
Euro flows reveal shift in sentiment as losses mount
EU puzzles over emergency funds for euro area bank crisis agency
Govt reins in spending of regions
Fake psychic caught in Thessaloniki after gaining 35,000 from victim
A 75-year-old woman has been arrested in Thessaloniki for pretending to be a psychic and convincing 58-year-old woman suffering from an illness to give her 35,000 euros. The 75-year-old woma...
Motorists refusing to pay tolls on Corinth-Kalamata highway to be monitored
Cameras are to be installed at toll booths on the Corinth to Kalamata national road in the Peloponnese to record the details of cars whose drivers fail to pay toll charges. The devices will ...
Inside News
SOCCER
Goalless draw at Liege puts Greens in driving seat
Panathinaikos got the upper hand in the battle for entry to the Champions League playoffs after snatching a goalless draw at Standard Liege on Wednesday. If anything, the Greek cup holders m...
SOCCER
Greek league recruits former referee Dallas
Former referee Hugh Dallas has been appointed as the head referee of the Greek Super League, the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) said in a statement on Wednesday. The 56-year-old Scot ear...
Inside Sports
EDITORIAL
Populism eating up education
The fact that the issue of education is not topping the list of priorities for the current coalition government, but instead, has been left in the hands of incapable politicians is utterly i...
COMMENTARY
A valued but mistreated professional
I did not know much on a personal level about Dimitris Stefanou, Greeces former administrative reform general secretary who died earlier this week at the age of 46. I did, however, have a s...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
RECENT NEWS
1. Fake psychic caught in Thessaloniki after gaining 35,000 from victim
2. Only 5 percent of stores see brisker business during this years summer sales
3. Motorists refusing to pay tolls on Corinth-Kalamata highway to be monitored
4. Euro flows reveal shift in sentiment as losses mount
5. EU puzzles over emergency funds for euro area bank crisis agency
6. Goalless draw at Liege puts Greens in driving seat
more news
Today
This Week
1. Euro flows reveal shift in sentiment as losses mount
2. Motorists refusing to pay tolls on Corinth-Kalamata highway to be monitored
3. EU puzzles over emergency funds for euro area bank crisis agency
4. Only 5 percent of stores see brisker business during this year's summer sales
5. Fake psychic caught in Thessaloniki after gaining 35,000 from victim
6. Wine cup used by Pericles found in grave north of Athens
Today
This Week
1. Quadriplegic woman on life support 'dies due to unpaid power bills'
2. Hedge fund Dromeus turns Greek tragedy to triumph with 160 pct gain
3. Defense Minister Avramopoulos to represent Greece at European Commission
4. Front-line threats
5. Wine cup used by Pericles found in grave north of Athens
6. Greece names fifth privatization agency chief in four years
Find us ...
... on
Twitter
... on Facebook
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.