The local economy in Kilkis prefecture is losing an estimated four million euros monthly from residents crossing the border into FYROM for cheaper purchases and visits to the casinos in the neighbouring country, the Kilkis Chamber of Commerce and Industry said on Tuesday.
FYROM's casinos and cheaper car fuel, dairy products, clothing and other merchant goods but also cheaper medical services are attracting a large number of residents of Kilkis and neighboring prefectures, deeply impacting the local economy in the midst of the economic crisis in Greece.
The major attraction, according to the Chamber, is the casinos. More specifically, some 1,000-1,500 cars cross the border into FYROM daily, while on days where the FYROM casinos offer free accomodation, free food or lotteries for expensive gifts the number rises to 6,500 cars.