Rev­enues down, costs up

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Rev­enues in Greece’s road haulage sec­tor have dropped 52 per­cent in the last four years as the cost of fuel and tolls has risen by al­most 325 per­cent dur­ing the same pe­riod, ac­cord­ing to re­search com­piled by the Trans­port In­sti­tute. There are roughly 32,000 trucks in Greece but some 40 per­cent of them are not in ser­vice at the mo­ment and an­other 8,000 are based in Bul­garia due to lower tax­a­tion, said the head of the road haulage fed­er­a­tion, Pet­ros Sk­oulikidis. Truck own­ers want the govern­ment to al­low them to hand in their li­cense plates when they do not have work so they do not have to pay road tax and so­cial se­cu­rity con­tri­bu­tions. The road haulage sec­tor was one of the first so-called closed pro­fes­sions to be lib­er­al­ized as a re­sult of Greece’s bailout con­di­tions. The cost of trans­porta­tion is 25 per­cent lower than be­fore the cri­sis.

Pub­lic trans­port.

Sum­mer timeta­bles for pub­lic trans­port in Athens will be­gin from to­mor­row. Buses will be the first to roll out their re­duced sched­ule, fol­lowed by the tram on Mon­day. The metro and Ki­fis­sia-Pi­raeus elec­tric rail­way will re­duce the fre­quency of ser­vices from Mon­day, July 8. For more in­for­ma­tion, pas­sen­gers should call 185 or visit www.oasa.gr. For July, the cost of monthly travel cards will also be brought down, with a ticket for all modes of pub­lic trans­port cost­ing 44 eu­ros and one for buses, trol­ley buses and the tram cost­ing 9.50 eu­ros.

Sk­ouries go-ahead.

The Coun­cil of State is­sued a de­ci­sion yes­ter­day al­low­ing Hel­las Gold to con­tinue work to in­stall ma­chin­ery at the Sk­ouries mine in Halkidiki, north­ern Greece, for the time be­ing. The com­pany, 95 per­cent-owned by Canada’s El­do­rado Gold, had ap­pealed against an in­junc­tion from the lo­cal town-plan­ning of­fice, which called for the work to be put on hold.

EOF change.

The head of the National Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Medicines (EOF), Yian­nis Toun­tas, handed his res­ig­na­tion to new Health Min­is­ter Ado­nis Ge­or­giadis yes­ter­day. Toun­tas, who spent more than three years head­ing the medicines watch­dog, had made his plans to step aside known a week ago. Toun­tas said that EOF had helped the govern­ment re­duce Greece’s drugs bill by 2.4 bil­lion eu­ros since the cri­sis be­gan.

Ar­son sus­pect.

A 69-year-old man faced a prose­cu­tor in Kala­mata yes­ter­day on charges of ar­son in con­nec­tion with a fire that broke out on Mon­day at a farm in the area of Madena, Messinia.

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