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Poll: Vast majority of citizens favor opening up of 'closed professions', markets

Δημοσίευση 28 Ιανουαρίου 2011, 08:23 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Poll: Vast majority of citizens favor opening up of 'closed professions', markets
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Greek citizens apparently support a government plan to liberalise so-called “closed professions” in the country, with the majority of believing that any opening up of professional sectors will benefit the economy, poll results showed on Thursday.

Greek citizens apparently support a government plan to liberalise so-called “closed professions” in the country, with the majority of believing that any opening up of professional sectors will benefit the economy, poll results showed on Thursday.

The poll, conducted by Metron Analysis firm for the finance ministry, also showed that most Greeks did not support the idea of supermarkets allowed to sell gas or pharmaceutical products. Eighty-two pct of respondents said they acknowledged the term “closed professions”, with 78 pct saying they are in favour of opening up these sectors, whereas 15 pct declared their opposition. No less than 75 pct of respondents said liberalising closed professions will benefit the economy, with 16 pct saying it will hurt the economy.

The government has presented a draft bill to liberalise various professional sectors. The bill is expected to be debated in Parliament probably next week.