Revenues down, costs up
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.