New business in­spec­tion rules ‘too soft’ on vi­o­la­tors

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En­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion groups yes­ter­day ex­pressed con­cern over new business in­spec­tion pro­to­cols which they say are way too soft on of­fend­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to leg­is­la­tion be­ing drafted by the Econ­omy Min­istry, in­spec­tors will have to is­sue a series of rec­om­men­da­tions to business own­ers found in vi­o­la­tion of safety, san­i­ta­tion or en­vi­ron­men­tal rules be­fore any penal­ties are con­sid­ered. In the event that penal­ties are im­posed, these have to be le­nient enough so as “not to ham­per the ac­tiv­ity’s growth.” In­spec­tors will also have to alert business own­ers of im­pend­ing in­spec­tions well in ad­vance.

“Cer­tain parts of the bill ap­pear in­flu­enced by the bizarre no­tion that com­pli­ance with the law... has a neg­a­tive ef­fect on ac­tiv­ity growth,” con­ser­va­tion group WWF Greece said yes­ter­day.

“The draft law shapes a dis­torted sys­tem that weak­ens rather than strength­ens in­spec­tions,” added the Cit­i­zens’ In­spec­torate for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment.

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