An amendment tabled in Parliament allows local authorities who manage shipping companies to settle their arrears in installments.

The joint Finance and Interior Ministries amendment was included in a draft bill for the "Establishment of a Metropolitan Organization of Fine Arts Museums of Thessaloniki", the discussion of which opened in Parliament on Thursday.

This satisfies the demand of many municipalities, especially island ones, who own shares in shipping companies, the Interior Minister said. This will allow the cities to settle the arrears accumulated over the years.