Greek Development Minister Adonis Georgiadis threatened traders that the fines for raising the price of masks would be extremely high.
At the same time, he argued that if the state paid for free rapid tests for everyone, the country would go bankrupt.
Speaking Saturday on Skai TV, the minister said there have been cases of overpricing of face masks, especially on KN95, as the government made them. compulsory in supermarkets and on public transport since Christmas Eve.
“A detailed inspection will be carried out and the fines imposed could amount to up to € 1,000,000,” Georgiadis said, adding that traders have until Monday, December 27 to bring prices down.
He said the government had passed a law preventing profits from goods such as food, masks, gloves and antibacterial ointments from rising by more than 20% until June 30, 2022, compared to February 2020 levels, i.e. before the pandemic.
“We have already imposed heavy fines on those who dare to break the law,” Georgiadis said, and cited a particular store that has raised prices for high-security masks (KN 95) by 42% since the government announced new measures and demanded so that these masks or double regular mask are used in transport. “They’d better cut prices because the fines will start on Monday,” he said.
In an interview Mega TV On December 24, Minister Georgiadis assured that there would be no general isolation and the economy would remain open.
When asked about providing free rapid tests for vaccinated people, the populist politician said: “If the government subsidizes rapid tests for the entire population, without stopping and forever, this is billions and we will go bankrupt.”
PS I wonder when the factory of Mitsotakis’ relative, producing masks, mastered KN95? And what about the profit rate? Is it normal that the population spends up to 20% of their salary on tests?