Every single report compiled by the country’s partners and creditors – the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, collectively known as the troika – highlights the fact that while salaries and rents are going down, prices in certain sectors remain inexplicably high.
This state of affairs renders the lives of thousands of Greek citizens – people who are struggling to make ends meet due to lower incomes – particularly tough.
Cases of cartel price fixing and other practices which maintained prices of goods at very high levels have been detected in the past. This was particularly true in the food sector, among other areas.
The state must now do its bit to put an end to such practices, while consumers ought to take an active role and refuse to buy products whose prices remain at unjustifiably high levels.