OPINION

Years of failure to do the obvious

The issue of extending the opening hours of Greek museums and archaeological sites turned into a subject of endless discussion and dispute over the past few decades.

For many years international visitors had to guess whether leading local museums and monuments would be open or not, while on numerous occasions tourists discovered that museums and sites across the country were closed due to strikes or some other form of industrial action.

A satisfactory solution on the issue was finally achieved. Sites and museums today have longer visiting hours, a move which has led to the creation of new jobs as well as a substantial rise in state revenues.

Nevertheless, this development also highlights the state’s missed opportunities in failing to do the obvious thing over the years due to the complete inefficiency of the political system and the unreasonable reaction of unionists.