Naftemporiki — One of Greece’s “closed” sectors, pharmacies, appears to be heading towards a memorandum-mandated “opening”, as a revised presidential decree was submitted on Tuesday for review to the Council of State.
The naw draft presidential decree was submitted after the CoS last summer threw out a ministerial decision with similar provisions. A majority of members of Greece’s highest administrative court then ruled that presidential decree was necessary, rather than a ministerial decision.
The liberalization of the protected sector will allow of pharmacy licenses to be issued to other European Union citizens.
The changes are expected to be opposed by the Greek Pharmacists Association, which in the past took strike action over any proposed plans to open their profession. The pharmacists latest action took place two years ago when the government allowed the sale of some non-prescription items in supermarkets and general stores.