Gov’t sticks to ‘any given Sunday’ plan

The Development Ministry is set table in Parliament its original proposal for the optional opening of stores on any Sunday of the year, and not that of the country’s international creditors for all stores to open on 10 Sundays per year.

The ministry’s proposal only concerns stores with an area of up to 250 square meters, while bigger stores would be able to open on seven Sundays every year: two during the Christmas period, one before Easter and one during each of the four sales periods, given the addition of the spring and fall sales windows to those in summer and winter.

Large sections of the market have repeatedly expressed opposition to the ministry’s proposal, as has PASOK, one of the parties that make up the government coalition.

“The Parliament is sovereign, and it is up to it to decide,” a Development Ministry official commented poignantly on Wednesday.

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