Friday April 18, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
17o C
11o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Market liberalization hits snags

 Implementation of OECD proposals on non-prescription drugs, fresh milk and bread runs into opposition

By Penny Bouloutza and Dimitra Manifava

The government’s hesitation in clashing with pharmacists, dairy producers, bakers and others has delayed the introduction of key market reforms proposed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), leading Prime Minister Antonis Samaras to call on his ministers to speed up their reform efforts.

Development Minister Costis Hatzidakis and Health Minister Adonis Georgiadis disagreed openly during Saturday’s inner cabinet meeting about the sale of non-prescription drugs by supermarkets, with the latter stressing that this may put public health at risk. For his part, Hatzidakis insists that those drugs should be sold by supermarkets, too, saying that the reduction of retail prices requires the liberalization of this as well as other sectors. Development Ministry sources say that the reforms proposed by the OECD have secured the green light from Samaras and Deputy Prime Minister Evangelos Venizelos.

The development minister is being pressured by other colleagues of his on the issues of the period that milk can be considered “fresh” – the extension of which the Agricultural Development Ministry is opposed to – and on plans for the sale of bread by weight rather than by the loaf, with government MPs appearing reluctant to bear the brunt of another clash with professional groups.

Besides the Development Ministry’s main argument that consumers will benefit from the liberalization of the markets, a source close to Hatzidakis states that “this issue had better close in time as the government has many open fronts in its negotiations with the troika,” referring to the representatives of the country’s creditors.

On the issue of non-prescription drugs, the Health Ministry – eager not to open another front with the pharmacists’ unions after that with doctors – has proposed a compromise, saying that it would accept their sale at supermarkets provided this is done in a specific corner of the store with the presence of pharmacists, effectively a shop in a shop.

ekathimerini.com , Monday Jan 20, 2014 (22:34)  
PPC to issue corporate bond of 500 mln
Primary surplus continued by end-March
Eurobank eyes top Core Tier 1 level in Greece
Tourist spending up 17.3 pct
Greece offers to help find Turkish F-16 lost in 1996
Greece officially offered on Thursday to assist Turkey in its efforts to locate and salvage a Turkish Air Force fighter jet which crashed in the Aegean almost 20 years ago. Greek Defense Min...
Talks lined up in wake of ‘shameful’ soccer scenes
The government has pledged to meet with soccer officials after Easter to tackle unruliness in the game following wild scenes at the Greek Cup semifinal between PAOK and Olympiakos in Thessal...
Inside News
BASKETBALL
Former Red Bourousis wrecks Olympiakos´s hopes for a break
Olympiakos tried harder in Game 2 of the Euroleague play-offs in Spain, and Real Madrid was not as good on Thursday as in Game 1, but the Spaniards still emerged victorious on the night with...
SOCCER
Greek soccer turns fishier than ever
Soccer in Greece reached new lows in scenes unseen since the national team’s triumph in Euro 2004, as PAOK and Olympiakos served up a cup semifinal with PAOK emerging as the winner and the s...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
The placebo effect and the economy
Among the greatest mistakes made in the years of Greece’s hard landing is that citizens did not get the chance to sense that aside from austerity and pain the economic adjustment program als...
COMMENTARY
Ukraine is a crisis—but not a Cold War
Given Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the imposition of US and European sanctions, and the potential for more escalation in Ukraine, we are witnessing the most important geopolitical events s...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Former Red Bourousis wrecks Olympiakos´s hopes for a break
2. PPC to issue corporate bond of 500 mln
3. Greece offers to help find Turkish F-16 lost in 1996
4. Primary surplus continued by end-March
5. Eurobank eyes top Core Tier 1 level in Greece
6. Tourist spending up 17.3 pct
more news
Today
This Week
1. Greece startup leaders say they can’t break jobless cycle alone
2. Ground-breaking Good Friday mass signals thaw in Cyprus
3. Mayoral candidates clash over Athens mosque plans
4. Seven arrested over Toumba violence
5. National Bank of Greece plans senior unsecured bond sale
6. Greek current account deficit widens in February
Today
This Week
1. Bomb explodes outside Bank of Greece
2. Samaras sees no need for third bailout
3. CCTV footage from Nigrita Prison shows signs of inmate torture [Video]
4. Car bomb explodes outside Greek Central Bank building, no one hurt [Update]
5. Greece's market return mirrors return of tourists
6. Parties start announcing candidates for European Parliament elections
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.