A Finance Ministry source responded to a Kathimerini question on the decision to grant employees at the ministry a pay rise, arguing that the aim is to increase the salaries of employees who hold high-responsibility positions at supervised entities, such as the Independent Authority of Public Revenue.
A piece of Finance Ministry legislation that introduces wage increases for employees hired over the past seven years has prompted angry reactions from those workers who do not stand to benefit from the provision, widely seen as a handout by the leftist-led government which is trailing in opinion polls ahead of elections next year.
The vast majority of state debtors (93.3 percent) owe amounts of up to 10,000 euros each, while just 1 percent are behind 90 percent of total debts to the state. This is according to data processed by the Independent Authority for Public Revenue that was published in Parliament following a question put to the finance minister.
Business representatives are expressing concern over the impact on exports of a decision to eliminate the night shift at Thessaloniki port's customs service.
The Exporters' Association of Northern Greece (SEVE) slammed the "surprise" move by the Independent Authority for Public Revenue (AADE), saying it was incompatible with free market principles.