Clearing the path to reform

The opening of a new market selling produce and food at wholesale prices inside the central market in downtown Athens on Friday is a good example of how reforms can bring immediate benefits to citizens and consumers. There is still a lot that can be done to help Greeks endure the crisis by reducing the cost of basic products.

The government has in its hands numerous reports with specific proposals that can help toward decreasing the cost of living, and creating jobs and new business opportunities.

The question now is whether the government will have the determination to implement these proposals or whether it will allow itself to be influenced by the vested interests that have battled reforms at every step of the way.

You cannot have growth without reforms, which is why a clash with unions and vested interests is unavoidable.