The last of the three government bills due to be adopted before Parliament’s summer recess begins was adopted on Thursday amid much acrimony.
Parliament is due to vote on Thursday on the last of the three bills put forward by the new government in its first weeks in power, before the House closes for a brief summer recess.
The government’s second bill, regarding the executive arm of the state, was approved by Parliament late on Tuesday amid further disagreements between New Democracy and SYRIZA about whether the new legislation will lead to more accountable and transparent governance.
The reforms that New Democracy argues will lead to a more effective and better-run executive arm of the state are due to be adopted by Parliament on Tuesday, despite accusations from the opposition that the centre-right party is trying to fill the public administration with its own people and hamper the work of independent watchdogs.
The government bill regarding the executive arm of the state is due to go before Parliament’s full assembly on Monday as the government seeks to round off its legislative activity before the end of the week, when MPs will start a short break.
The third of three bills New Democracy wants to pass before Parliament’s summer recess is due to be submitted to the House on Friday as the government looks towards the challenges it faces in the autumn, particularly in terms of its negotiations with the institutions.
Having secured a broad majority for its first tax bill on Tuesday, the government is moving swiftly ahead with its second draft law regarding the executive arm of the state as it seeks to take advantage of the brief period before Parliament’s summer recess.
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.