The Ministry of Development has put to public consultation a draft bill which aims at simplifying the procedure followed by businesses in Greece, in order to obtain an operation license.

The ministry called on all social partners and interested parties to post their comments and observations on the bill suggesting potential improvements. The deadline for reading and commenting is August 29, at 14:00 (local time).

The draft also anticipates the implementation of a major IT project for an online licensing procedure that is due to be completed by 2018.

The law will be the model for all economic activity but initially, the first sectors to be included, will be food and beverage outlets, restaurants and cafeterias and activities relating to the tourism and travel sector.