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PM Mitsotakis makes U-turn, keeps lockdown fine at €300 after outcry

Just hours after he announced to raise the fine for lockdown violations from €300 to €500, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis made a big U-turn. He announced that he will keep the 300-euro fine for one week.

Speaking at the Plenary session in the Parliament on Friday evening, Mitsotakis said that he will keep the 300-euro fine for one week as a “sign of good will.”

“I will keep the fines at 300 euros for a week to see how the market will respond, because the purpose can not be repressive but compliance. In a move to send the message that we want the citizens to comply with the rule of reason, the collective responsibility and not the fear of the fine, we will keep the fine at 300 euros for the next 10 days,” the PM said, as the government prepares to open the retail sector on Monday.

Mitsotakis’ …”generous move towards the citizens”, however, has more to do with an outcry on social media and the fact that the Prime Minister and the government came under the fire of the opposition parties.

Opposition parties accused the Prime Minister of having taken an “incomprehensive decision,” while on social media Greeks went furious about the new 500-euro fine. An amount that is equal to a monthly minimum wage and the state financial support to employees on suspended work contracts due to pandemic lockdown.

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One comment

  1. So what about governmental buildings like the foreign office and transport office.
    Can jo public go to them next week or not?