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Greek shops on holiday hours

14 December 2014 / 15:12:16  GRReporter
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Greek shops will work longer hours during the upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays.

Athens Trader Association offers the following hours:

- Saturday, 13 and 20 December: 09.00 - 18.00 and Saturday, 27 December, 09:00 - 20:00

- Sunday, 14 and 21 December: 11:00 - 18:00, and Sunday, 28 December - closed (yesterday, the Ministry of Development motioned in Parliament to allow retailers to work on 28 December).

- Monday-Friday, 15 to 19 December, Monday 22, Tuesday 23, Monday 29 and Tuesday, December 30, 09:00 - 21.00

- Wednesday, 24 and 31 December, 09.00 - 18.00

- Thursday, 25 December, and Friday, 26 December, are holidays, as well as Thursday, 1 January, 2015

- On Friday, 2 January, 2015, shops will be closed as compensation for Sunday, 21 December.

Retail employees will have an additional day off for having worked on Sunday, 14 December.

The Ministry of Development requested strengthening of controls on retail during the coming holidays. As holiday hours begin Saturday, the ministry sent an urgent order to its regional directorates.

Deputy Development Minister Gerasimos Yakumatos emphasized that controllers should increase their presence in shops and open markets and get assistance from officials of other ministries, e.g. agriculture, food and health. This is aimed at preventing consumer abuse.

What should controllers check?

- whether there are signboards with required information

- whether there are labels on packaged and bulk food

- whether cash receipts are regularly issued

- whether scales measure accurately.

The inspectors will impose fines if prices fail to correspond with labels or price lists.

All infringements will be sanctioned in line with legal provisions. In some cases even the prosecution might wade in.

At the same time, violations of the competition provisions (collusion, monopolies) will be prosecuted by the Competition Commission.

Inspectors will also keep an eye on wholesale. The major meat, fish and fruit and vegetables markets will be most intensively checked. Shipping to local markets will also be monitored. Unfair competition, dumping, artificial deficits, tax evasion, false documents, lack of invoices, putting Greek labels on imported products, etc. will be punished.

Tags: Holiday hours shops markets checks prices
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