í@ ATHENS, Jan. 25(Xinhuanet)-- The Federation of Gas Station Owners of Greece on Tuesday welcomed a decision by the government to freeze the issue of operating licenses to new petrol stations for six months until a presidential decree on new terms for the sector is ready.
"We will back any measure that aims at revitalization of the petroleum products
market and the resolution of sector demands. Atthe same time, we will oppose all who seek to further private interests and divide gas station owners," the trade group said in a statement.
On Monday, Transport Minister Mihalis Liapis and Development Minister Dimitris Sioufas said a circular had been sent to prefectures ordering the halt until enforcement of the decree thatwould set safety rules for the location of gas stations. Existing operating licenses will not be suspended.
In addition, prefectures will be asked to record the number of gas stations in order to obtain a nationwide total for the first time.