Greek customs officers go on strike again
17. October 2011. | 12:17
The Macedonian Ministry of Interior has announced that three border crossings with Greece will be closed again as of today, due to a strike by Greek customs officers.
The strike will last until October 21, and passenger and freight traffic will be blocked during the period.
Greek customs officers started the strike on Friday, blocking access to customs facilities for vehicles.
The strike should have lasted until October 24, but early Friday night an Athens court declared their strike illegal and warned anyone insisting on continuing the strike to be fined with a EUR 1,000 penalty.
During the strike, all border crossings towards non-EU countries will be closed, and those who travel to Greece through Macedonia can travel across Bulgaria, Greek border authorities released in a statement.
This is the fourth strike of Greek customs officers in a month. The Macedonian authorities calculated that the border was closed for 90 days in 2011, which caused EUR 15 million worth of damage.