ECONOMY

Law-abiding restaurants and bars increase

Food service and entertainment enterprises appear to be gradually adhering to tax legislation, as the presence of inspectors is paying dividends, forcing restaurants, bars and nightclubs to issue receipts to avoid the threat of closure.

In the week from December 9 to 15, 2,638 inspections were conducted across the country, with 1,140 of those targeting companies in the catering and entertainment sectors.

A total of 2,350 were found not to have broken the law at all, while the other 238 racked up a total of 557 violations. The total amount of the fines issues upon inspection is estimated at 386,700 euros.

Most violations were recorded in Athens, but the highest rate of lawbreaking was reported in the northern and southern Aegean (39 percent).

Checks are set to increase during the holiday season.