While Greece removing free police bodyguards and security for more VIP’s such as businessmen, journalists and others considered targets of terrorists or violence, the police will still provide protection: at a cost of 2,000 ($2,600) per month.
That was the fee set in the draft ministerial decision signed by the Minister of Public Order and Citizen Protection Nikos Dendias for those considered to be in need of protective custody and whose annual income is more than 100,000 euros ($130,000.) There is an additional charge of 50 euros ($65) a day for each police vehicle assigned to the duty.
The use of a decree, a growing tactic in the administration of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, means that Parliament will have no say in the decision. Four percent of the money taken in for the private security will go to the retirement fund for Greek police.
This regulation concerns only individuals for who are considered to be in need of protective custody, after the relevant report of risk assessment by the police. In case of non-payment, police will remove protective details and leave people at their own risk and send them a bill for what’s owed.