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Cabinet Approves Taxi Drivers' Bill

The Greek Development Ministry is tweaking an ambitious piece of legislation aimed at attracting investments and accelerating those that are pending due to bureaucratic hurdles.  It emerged on Thursday as a controversial law opening up the taxi drivers’ sector to competition and rubberstamped by the Cabinet.
The bill liberalizing the taxi drivers’ sector — one of several restricted professions that the government has pledged to open to competition — was approved by all but one member of the Cabinet and is expected to be submitted to Parliament soon. Alternate Defense Minister Yiannis Ragousis, formerly transport minister, complained that the proposed reforms “protected the narrow interests of a small group.”
The bill does not foresee the issuing of any new licenses in Attica, while elsewhere the number of licenses will be calculated according to population and environmental criteria. It also allows licenses to be issued for vehicles seating five to eight people. Along with the opening up of closed professions including taxi drivers, lawyers and pharmacists, another key reform the government has pledged to foreign creditors is the simplification of its bureaucracy to encourage the investments that Greece needs to restart growth.
(source: ANSA)

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