The government has submitted its second tax bill to Parliament, paving the way for income, corporate and dividends tax to be reduced, giving New Democracy some relief from a public sector hirings controversy.
MPs approved nine changes to Greece’s constitution on Monday, the most notable of which was decoupling the election of the country’s president from the possibility of snap general elections.
A busy week of parliamentary activity begins on Monday with the vote on the constitutional revision, although attention will quickly move to the government’s second tax bill, which is due to be tabled in the coming days.
Alleged white collar crime topped the agenda during Prime Minister’s Question Time in the Greek Parliament on Friday, a few hours after New Democracy was buoyed by another opinion poll showing it continues to be in a honeymoon period with voters.
A new asylum strategy was announced by the government in Athens yesterday, aimed at decongesting the Aegean islands of up to 37,000 migrants and refugees who have been stranded there awaiting processing of their asylum applications.
The discussion about the changes to Greece’s constitution are in full flow ahead of next week’s vote on the revision, which is set to decouple the election of the country’s president from possible snap general elections.
After a tense few days around Sunday’s commemorative protest march in Athens, the government is turning its attention back to Parliament, where the latest tax bill and the final stage of the constitutional revision are at the top of the political agenda.
The government has been put on the defensive as a result of a couple of reports in the international media, while Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has had to step up efforts to improve North Macedonia’s chances of being allowed to start its European Union accession process, a far cry from New Democracy’s fierce opposition to the Prespes Agreement just months ago.
Government and opposition in Greece are once again facing off over law and order in universities, in a debate which ranges from civil rights to terrorism.
The visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Athens led to the signing of wide-ranging agreements on Monday, a move the Greek government hopes will mark the start of a new era in relations with Beijing.