The cash-strapped Greek state is now looking to a new way of raising revenues — renting out its police at an hourly rate of 30 euros (NT$1,200), with patrol cars going for 10 euros more.
This will “pay for the cost of using police material and infrastructure, and allow to modernize them,” the Ministry of Citizen Protection, which is in charge of the country’s security services, said in a statement on April 8.
Such police services used in “exceptional cases” such as in escorting the transportation of dangerous material or art works, were previously offered free of charge, said the ministry.
But now, hourly fees of 200 euros will be charged for patrol boats and 1,500 euros for helicopters, according to Sunday newspaper Proto Thema. The ministry said it would only accept such rentals if they do not affect the security forces’ operational capacity.
Greece has a total public debt of over 350 billion euros, and was forced to obtain bailout funds from the EU and IMF to stave off bankruptcy twice.
1. cash-strapped adj.
經濟拮据的 (jing1 ji4 jie2 ju1 de5)
例: Many cash-strapped families have been hit heavily by high commodity prices.
2. exceptional adj.
特殊的；特別的 (te4 shu1 de5; te4 bie2 de5)
例: There have been an exceptional number of rainy days this year.
3. stave off v. phr.
避開 (bi4 kai1)
例: All of us tried to stave off after-lunch drowsiness.