Fi­nan­cial po­lice pa­trolling tourist ar­eas

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Fi­nan­cial po­lice have been scour­ing pop­u­lar tourism des­ti­na­tions around Greece for tax-dodg­ing and rule-break­ing busi­nesses.

In the one-month pe­riod to July 16, in­spec­tors vis­ited a to­tal of 119 busi­nesses on is­lands such as My­conos, San­torini, Zakyn­thos and Corfu, as well as beaches in Halkidiki, Thes­sa­loniki and Pieria, in north­ern Greece. Of these, 80 were found to be in vi­o­la­tion of tax or safety reg­u­la­tions.

In many ar­eas, more than half the busi­nesses in­spected were found to be break­ing the law in one way or an­other. In Thes­sa­loniki, only one of 20 busi­nesses was com­pletely clean and on the is­land of Zakyn­thos, 27 out of 45 were in vi­o­la­tion.

Po­lice ad­vise the pub­lic to re­port safety and fi­nan­cial vi­o­la­tions by call­ing 11012.

Work­ers de­mol­ish build­ings in the vil­lage of Vrisa on Lesvos that were dam­aged by the re­cent earth­quake on the is­land. Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties are in a race against time to en­sure that they have enough class­rooms ready for the start of the new school year in Sep­tem­ber. Seven­teen pre­fab­ri­cated struc­tures will be pro­vided by the UNHCR but these will not suf­fice.

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