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For rent Greek police available for NT$1,200 an hour
希臘警察出租 每小時新台幣一千兩百元

Greek police officers stand by their motorcycles in Athens’ Syntagma Square last Tuesday.
希臘警察上週二於雅典憲法廣場站在他們的重型機車旁。

Photo: Reuters
照片:路透

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.

(AFP)

財政拮据的希臘政府現在正指望新的籌錢辦法─以每小時三十歐元(新台幣一千兩百元)的費率出租警察,加派巡邏車則多十歐元。

這將「用來支付使用警用工具與基本設施的費用,使這些設備得以現代化,」負責這個國家安全服務的公民保護部四月八日聲明指出。

用於護送諸如危險物品或藝術品的「特殊情形」的警察服務,之前是免費的,該單位說。

不過現在,出動巡邏船每小時將索費兩百歐元,直升機則為一千五百歐元,根據週日報刊《領先消息報》說。公民保護部指出,只有在不影響保安警力的運作下才會接受這樣的租賃。

希臘的公債總額超過三千五百億歐元,同時二度被迫接受歐盟與國際貨幣基金的紓困,以免於破產。

(法新社/翻譯:魏國金)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

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.

(許多經濟拮据的家庭受物價高漲嚴重衝擊。)

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.

(今年的雨天特別多。)

3. stave off v. phr.

避開 (bi4 kai1)

例: All of us tried to stave off after-lunch drowsiness.

(我們都設法打起精神,以避開午飯後的睡意。)


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