Financial police patrolling tourist areas
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.