Trades­men ac­cept Sun­day open­ing for Athens cen­ter

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The Na­tion­alCon­fed­er­a­tion of Greek Com­merce (ESEE) ap­pears to have soft­ened its stance re­gard­ing Sun­day open­ing hours for re­tail stores, say­ing it is now in fa­vor of shops be­ing able to open ev­ery Sun­day pro­vided they are in hol­i­day re­sort ar­eas.

Fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of Demo­cratic Left from the coali­tion govern­ment, which in­creases the like­li­hood of a com­pro­mise so­lu­tion be­ing reached with the De­vel­op­ment Min­istry due to the re­sult­ing re­duc­tion in re­sis­tance to such mea­sures, ESEE is now propos­ing that sum­mer and win­ter re­sorts, port zones and even the his­tor­i­cal cen­ter of Athens be in­cluded in a reg­u­la­tion that would al­low stores to open seven days a week. It fur­ther asks for ex­tended open­ing hours on week­days.

The pro­posal was sent in let­ters to De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Costis Hatzi­dakis and Prime Min­is­ter An­to­nis Sa­ma­ras, in which ESEE ef­fec­tively asks that the reg­u­la­tion only ap­ply in ar­eas that are pop­u­lar with tourists. The con­fed­er­a­tion ex­pressly re­quested that the mea­sure should not be ap­plied in the case of supermarkets, depart­ment stores and shop­ping malls.

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