On November 1, 2013 begins the autumn mid-term discount period , as announced by the National Confederation of Greek Commerce, which will last until Saturday, November 9, 2013 .
The ESEE informs that according to the latest amendments to the Law 4177/2013 will be the first implementation of the institution of the interim periods discount «mid-season sales» and reminds retailers and consumers that when the new law , the sale of goods or the provision of services at reduced prices, ie discounts now allowed four times a year, as follows :
- Regular discounts : on the second Monday of January until the end of February and the second Monday of July until the end of August.
- Interim discount periods : the first ten days of May and the first ten days of November.
In this context, one in the fall mid-term discount period begins November 1, 2013 and will expire on November 10 - and as mentioned in the law are calendar , not working , so last year basically day of discounts is Saturday, November 9 . Also , notice that bids are normally allowed , during the period until the start of the sales , as it was after the amendment of Law 3769/2009 . What is prohibited is the communication to the public and announced discounts in any way , advertisement, letter or posting billboards .
During the deductions beyond the mention of the old and new value of products and services sold at a discount, is permitted to display and commercial communication discount rate . At any other time Bids are solely the explicit indication of the old and the new value of the goods or services.
As noted ESEE is obvious that, in the words of the law, the use rate may no longer reserved for discounts and prohibited both these offers and promotions . Furthermore, according to Article 16 of the Law 4177/2013 , shops of all kinds and in all regions of the country can operate optionally Sunday, November 3, 2013 , the first Sunday of interim autumn Concession period of November 2013.
According to what has been decided by the EERA and commercial associations , if it is the last will urge their members in their areas of responsibility to operate or not on Sunday, November 3 . The decision of the Commercial Association has mandatory application but as with the box hours after the enactment of Law 3377/2005 , will eventually become the main factor on whether to operate the local markets this particular Sunday or not. In any case, ESEE asked all commercial associations or decide to recommend their members to open or not to inform the response will be in each local market opportunity optional opening Sunday, November 3 .
According to the law (Article 21) , to those who violate the provisions on disqualification fined an amount equal to 0.5% of annual turnover and no less than 5,000 euros. If imposed for the second time penalty for the same offense within 5 years, the penalty is increased to 3 % of the annual turnover of the business.
Where discounts are incorrect or misleading as to the percentage or as to the accuracy of the listed price or the quantity of offered discounted goods or pose any kind of concealment or deception of consumers, fined an amount equal to 1% annual turnover and no less than 10,000 euros. If imposed for the second time penalty for the same offense within 5 years, the penalty is increased to 3 % of the annual turnover of the business.
Competent supervisory authorities in accordance with the law are:
a) The services of the General Secretariat of the Ministry of Development and Competitiveness .
b ) The services of the General Secretariat for Consumer Affairs , Ministry of Development and Competitiveness .
c ) The services of the General Secretariat for Industry of the Ministry of Development and Competitiveness .
d) The Department for Development of Regions.
f ) Agencies Coast Guard area jurisdiction.
Competent authority for the imposition of fines is the Secretary General of the Decentralized Administration ( "state prefect ") , where there is an infringement. These principles control the implementation of both the legislation on discounts and offers and that dealing in the 7 Sundays.
Finally, according to the new Market Police Ministerial Decision ( Rules Trafficking products and services - Dieppe ) on industrial products for sale must be given two values , one before and one with VAT. What would apply but for discounts , ESEE is an open line with YPAAN and GG Trade and awaits clarification . The position of the ESEE is that the 4177 law prevails as Law , the Decree and after the law speaks of old and new value , especially for discounts should apply the traditional two values .