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List of 136 professions to be liberalized published

The Finance Ministry has made public a list of 136 professions that will be liberalized from July 2 as part of the economic reforms Greece has been encouraged to make by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.

The reform means that those seeking to enter these professions can do so freely, without restrictions on the number of people in the sector or limits on where they can set up their businesses.

The professions in the list published on Monday range from taxi drivers to beauticians but do not include some of the key so-called closed professions.

Notaries, lawyers and civil engineers will see their professions liberalized at a later date, yet to be set by the ministry.

Greece has been under pressure to liberalized the closed sectors of its economy as this is seen as a way to boost growth. Although the law opening up these professions was passed several months ago, Monday?s announcement was the first effort by the government to actually apply the reforms.