Friday, January 09, 2009

Clamping down on the Chinese todos

The regional industry council is going to inititate an inspection campaign of Chinese shops to check whether they are complying with a new law governing opening hours that came into effect on January 1.

Under the new law stores of more than 150 square metres in size cannot open every day of the year. Previously the limit was 300 square metres. In effect it means that stores bigger than the stipulated size can no longer trade on fiesta days and must remain closed.

Stores that do not comply with the new law could face fines of up to 600,000 euros in extreme cases or between 6,000 and 60,000 in serious or very serious cases.

Other establishments have called for inspectors who are measuring up Chinese and ‘Todo a 100' shops to also report other illegal practices involving work permits, storage facilities and safety regulations.

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