Tak­ing aim at un­fair prac­tices

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Acri­sis of­ten pushes politi­cians into tak­ing de­ci­sions that in other cir­cum­stances would be con­sid­ered a non­starter. The rea­son this hap­pens is be­cause most politi­cians are in­tim­i­dated by the so-called “po­lit­i­cal cost” of their ac­tions. An ex­am­ple of such a po­lit­i­cally dam­ag­ing hot potato is the abo­li­tion of fees col­lected by ferry op­er­a­tors on be­half of state bod­ies (these fees, which are in­cluded in the price of ferry tick­ets, are bet­ter known in Greece as third­party levies). This ab­surd and so­cially un­fair prac­tice has been a bur­den on trans­porta­tion in this coun­try, whose na­tional econ­omy is highly de­pen­dent on the tourism sec­tor. Abol­ish­ing third-party fees is a wel­come de­vel­op­ment that must, how­ever, come hand in hand with an un­con­di­tional dereg­u­la­tion of cab­o­tage for cruise ships. The coun­try needs all the tourism rev­enue it can get its hands on – and no spe­cial in­ter­est group can pos­si­bly be al­lowed to serve as an ob­sta­cle to this ef­fort.

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