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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-02-17

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] First hurdle cleared for 'closed professions' bill
  • [02] 'Clunker for cash' measure as of Monday 

  • [01] First hurdle cleared for 'closed professions' bill

    (ANA-MPA) -- A parliament plenary passed a bill on liberalising so-called "closed shop" professions in principle (first reading) on Wednesday night.

    The bill, which has drawn strong criticism from the opposition parties and the closed profession categories that will be 'opened', is the 'cornerstone' of the reforms being advanced by the government, and responds to the exclusion of young people from entering the economy on their own strength and knowledge, ruling PASOK rapporteur Markos Bolaris said. (ANA-MPA)

    Main opposition New Democracy (ND) said it backs the philosophy of the 'opening' of the 'closed professions', but cannot vote for the bill because it is not founded on studies of the social repercussions and leads to de-organisation of the market. (ANA-MPA)

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form

    

    [02] 'Clunker for cash' measure as of Monday

    (ANA-MPA) -- Car dealerships and importers are anxiously awaiting a "clunker for cash" measure expected to debut on Monday, with optimistic estimates pointing to a 20 to 30-percent increase in new car sales -- and amid a severe recession in the sector presently due to the economic crisis plaguing Greece.

    An estimated 2.5 million vehicles described as "old technology" (first generation catalytic converters, leaded gasoline users etc.) are still listed on the registrars, with owners now given a monetary impetus to buy a modern car.

    The measure affects purchases of vehicles of up to 2000cc, with a partial or total exclusion from license fees. Eligible "clunkers" must feature a circulation license in Greece before Dec. 31, 1998. (ANA-MPA)

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form


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