The first bill to be adopted by the new Greek government since it was elected on July 7 is due to be voted through Parliament on Tuesday, introducing reductions to the ENFIA property tax for millions of homeowners and thereby fulfilling one of New Democracy’s key pre-election pledges.
The process of voting the government’s first three bills begins this week, starting with the draft legislation that has received most attention as it paves the way for an immediate reduction of the ENFIA property tax and the easing of terms for the 120-instalment scheme for unpaid taxes.
The government has begun tabling the first draft laws it promised to pass through Parliament before the summer recess begins on August 10.
While the immediate focus since New Democracy came to power has been on the first three bills that are due to be submitted to Parliament in the coming days, the government is also placing emphasis on the effort to seriously upgrade the use of digital tools in the Greek public administration and beyond.
With the change of guard in Greece comes a new set of legislation for public healthcare, an area that suffered greatly pre-crisis from inefficient management and during the crisis due to successive cuts.
The formality of Monday night’s confidence vote in Parliament is out of the way and the government can now focus on the three bills it wants to pass before August 10, as well as other key policies that will define its four-year term.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has set out his government’s priorities for the next four years, including the broad aim of establishing a new, post-crisis reality in Greece, but also with extensive reference to specific measures, with tax cuts leading the way.
More details about the new Greek government’s intended policies are due to be revealed this weekend, with most of the focus on what steps New Democracy plans to take to fulfil its pledges on tax cuts.
The new Greek Parliament was sworn in on Wednesday as the government prepares to undergo the customary confidence vote before it begins its legislative activity.
SYRIZA is gradually easing into its new role as the main opposition following the July 7 elections, with Alexis Tsipras aiming to position his party towards the centre-left of the political spectrum.