City of Athens campaign to revive Merchants' Arcade

The City of Athens is introducing incentives to encourage local entrepreneurs active in the social and solidarity economy (SSE) to open up stores in the Stoa ton Emboron (Merchants' Arcade) on Voulis Street near Syntagma Square.

The action involves 10 individual store spaces, which are currently empty and could potentially host new entrepreneurs. Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis has issued a call to representatives of the SSE to consider the idea - and help to revive a hidden corner of the capital in the process.

City Hall is offering to cover the rent and maintenance fees for six months, starting from this October until March 2019. However, it requires that the products sold meet quality standards and that they are made in Greece. The municipality adds that these businesses can combine multiple ventures, for example by selling the products of different manufacturers, so as...

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