Talks on lift­ing auc­tion ban on pri­mary res­i­dences put off

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY DIMITRA MANIFAVA

Athens and the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of its in­ter­na­tional cred­i­tors – known as the troika – have post­poned un­til at least Septem­ber any talks on the lift­ing of a ban on homes that are main res­i­dences be­ing auc­tioned. Al­though De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Costis Hatzi­dakis and for­eign ex­perts did not dis­cuss the sub­ject in de­tail at a meet­ing in his min­istry yes­ter­day, it was de­cided that they would re­turn to the is­sue in a few months.

Talks cen­tered on the find­ings of a sur­vey by the Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment (OECD) which stressed high prices in re­tail com­merce, tourism, con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als and food pro­cess­ing, as well as on a sep­a­rate sur­vey by the World Bank on the bu­reau­cratic ob­sta­cles to the li­cens­ing of new en­ter­prises. Th­ese two is­sues will con­sti­tute the min­istry’s top pri­or­i­ties in the lat­ter half of the year, and are ex­pected to be among its big­gest chal­lenges.

The min­istry has un­til Septem­ber to draft a road map of reg­u­la­tions that will be im­ple­mented within the fall pe­riod for lift­ing ob­sta­cles to com­pe­ti­tion and sim­pli­fy­ing li­cens­ing pro­ce­dures.

Far ear­lier, pos­si­bly by next week, the min­istry is ex­pected to ta­ble in Par­lia­ment a bill on mar­ket op­er­a­tion that will in­clude a con­tro­ver­sial reg­u­la­tion on al­low­ing re­tail stores to open on Sun­day. It re­mains un­known whether the min­istry will suc­ceed in push­ing through the op­tion for retailers to op­er­ate ev­ery Sun­day of the year, as coali­tion part­ners PA­SOK and Demo­cratic Left may in­tro­duce changes to the bill to se­cure broader sup­port.

The troika is also said to have ex­pressed its sat­is­fac­tion with a re­cent law al­low­ing mort­gage hold­ers who are in ar­rears with their pay­ments to ne­go­ti­ate a re­pay­ment scheme with their bank.

Euro­pean Com­mis­sion rep­re­sen­ta­tive Matthias Mors ar­rives at the De­vel­op­ment Min­istry in cen­tral Athens for a meet­ing with Min­is­ter Costis Hatzi­dakis, yes­ter­day.

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