"a team from the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development identified last year, as part of an 11-month investigation commissioned by the Greek government. In its report the OECD made 329 recommendations for rules that should be changed to open up competition and give a much-needed boost to the economy.
Quantifying the cost of these restrictions is a difficult task, but in 66 cases, the international experts did figure out a way to do so. Eliminating them would lead to a positive effect on the Greek economy of 5.2 billion euros, or just over $7 billion, they calculated.
In many European nations, a similar patchwork of rules limit competition, protect existing monopolies or otherwise restrict businesses for sometimes archaic reasons. [Moi ici: Realmente, aquela lista de constrangimentos absurdos... parece-me ter reconhecido alguns que se praticam por cá]
Even by European standards, Greece stands out as having especially tangled regulation and glaring inefficiencies.
But changing that state of affairs is controversial. Many argue that tradition is more than just a question of economics, but a way of life. ... On March 10, the Panhellenic Pharmacists’ Union began a two-day strike to protest the plan to allow supermarkets to sell aspirin and some other drugs, holding up placards in central Athens reading “health is a human right.” Among their arguments: consumers may unwittingly overdose if drugs become easier to purchase.
A Grécia era a Terra Prometida das corporações, sindicatos, estadinho e crony capitalismo
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