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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-12-17

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Mitsotakis stresses importance of equality before the law during Thrace visit
  • [02] Stores to open on Sunday for Christmas shoppers

  • [01] Mitsotakis stresses importance of equality before the law during Thrace visit

    New Democracy (ND) leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis expressed on Saturday his support on the principle of equality before the law during a visit to a village in Thrace with a predominantly Muslim population.

    Mitsotakis spoke about the principle, introduced by his father and former prime minister Konstantinos Mitsotakis in 1991, at the village of Sminthi after which he attended a meeting of the local city council where he heard about the problems facing the community.

    He then inaugurated ND's offices in the region and said that his priority would be to create an educational system for the minority that offers equal opportunities to all students and an equally good knowledge of Greek and Turkish.

    Mitsotakis is touring the region with party officials and is expected to visit Komotini and meet with municipal officials.

    [02] Stores to open on Sunday for Christmas shoppers

    Stores around Greece will be open on Sunday (Dec. 18) as part of the opening hours followed during the holiday season which started on December 15. In Athens, the opening hours proposed by the local chamber of commerce are from 11:00 to 18:00.

    At the same time, a sample check conducted by the Institute of Trade and Services on Dec. 14-19 found that this year's Christmas table will be more expensive by 2.42 percent compared with 2015, with the price hike attributed mostly to the higher cost of seasonal delicacies. The estimated weighted average increase, which takes into account the increase of the VAT rate from 23 pct to 24 pct in the traditional "melomakarona" and "kourambiades" - deserts offered during the holidays - is close to 8.36 percent compared to the same period last year


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