Samaras opens Athens food market with wholesale prices

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Friday inaugurated a new Consumers’ Market on the premises of the capital’s central vegetable and fruit market in Renti, declaring that his government was committed to helping vulnerable social groups and those on low incomes despite the difficulties imposed by the economic crisis.

The government’s goal is to “help the weak citizen not by giving them handouts but by overhauling the public sector” to ensure that citizens can enjoy cheaper services, he said.

The market will be open daily, including Saturdays and Sundays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., selling fruit, vegetables but also meat, fish and bread at wholesale prices.

Samaras stressed during his speech that the economic situation in Greece was gradually improving and called on Greeks to remember the situation last spring when speculation of the country exiting the eurozone was rife.

The premier added that his government was working on reducing prices which remain high.

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