ATHENS (MPA).- Declaring open the sessions of the National Consumers Committee, Development Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos asked for consumers’ cooperation in combating profiteering in the market.
Meanwhile, commenting on New Democracy party leader Costas Karamanlis’ statement that refers to Athens as the champion of high prices, Press Minister Christos Protopapas noted that Mr. Karamanlis’ allegations proved wrong since according to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, Greece is the second least expensive European Union member state after Portugal.
Mr. Protopapas also accused Mr. Karamanlis of defaming Greece during the peak of the tourist season. In response, New Democracy spokesman Thodoris Rousopoulos said that the citizens know very well whether Greece is an expensive or inexpensive country and nobody can fool them.
Referring to the New Democracy party’s proposal for the lifting of the Athens Stock Exchange confidentiality of MPs, Finance Minister Nikos Christodoulakis told the Institutions and Transparency Committee that the proposal was forcing ‘open doors’. Also, referring to the tabling of Messrs. Neonakis and Manikas’ transactions with the Athens Stock Exchange at Parliament, he said that was against the law.
The New Democracy party’ s parliamentary representative said that the amendment tabled by the New Democracy party requires that all data should be disclosed regardless of whether or not there is a case of a penal offence.