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Talks under way for cheaper toll charges

Transport Ministry officials are in talks with members of the consortia managing the country?s roads and toll stations with the aim of bringing down some of the charges, Deputy Minister Yiannis Magriotis said yesterday.

Just one day after members of a citizens? movement refusing to pay toll station charges called a nationwide protest for March 27, the deputy minister submitted a document in Parliament saying that negotiations were under way between government and consortia representatives and that the chief aim of the talks was the reduction of toll fees.

Magriotis submitted the document in Parliament in response to a question tabled by ruling PASOK deputy Constantinos Spiliopoulos. The MP condemned recent increases in toll charges, noting that PASOK, when in opposition, had lobbied for the reduction of toll fees.

Members of the so-called ?I won?t pay movement? have focused on protesting higher charges at toll station gates and on public transport but recently agreed to extend their action to other areas such as banks, tax offices and public utilities, a again objecting to higher charges for services.