Open­ing hours on the agenda

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An earnest dis­cus­sion has fi­nally started over whether Greek re­tail stores should be al­lowed to open ev­ery Sun­day of the year in­stead of the cur­rent seven that have been as­signed as part of mea­sures to make the mar­ket more open to com­pe­ti­tion. The fact is that con­sumers have re­warded shops that have de­cided to take ad­van­tage of the new leg­is­la­tion and have in­creased the num­ber of days they are open an­nu­ally. The mar­ket is also in dire need of any help it can get. Mean­while, those who op­pose Sun­day open­ing ap­pear un­able to put for­ward any con­vinc­ing ar­gu­ments to support their po­si­tion but, rather, have re­sorted to a men­tal­ity more fit­ting to the 19th cen­tury than the 21st. Hope­fully the dis­cus­sion that has started will shed light on all the pros and the cons, and will help the Coun­cil of State reach a fi­nal and bal­anced decision that is in line with the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion and mod­ern needs.

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