Crisis: Stournaras,72% of restricted professions liberalized

10 May, 11:54

    (ANSAmed) - ATHENS, MAY 10 - Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras on Friday said 72% of Greece's 343 'closed professions' - occupations including a wide range of professions from notaries to taxi drivers - have been fully liberalized. He said others, including lawyers, engineers and economists, would also be opened up soon. All these professions were included in the first Memorandum signed with Europe three years ago, in May 2010 and never implemented until today.

    Opening up restricted-access occupations, Stournaras told a press conference after a meeting with Greek Premier Antonis Samaras, is necessary not because the troika has requested it but to strengthen the country's economy.

    According to a report by the Programming centre and economic researche (Kepe), cited by the minister, the revenues that will come from the liberalization of restricted professions are around 0,4% and 2,1% of GDP. (ANSAmed).

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