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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-12-21

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  • [01] PM says series of bills concern great changes

  • [01] PM says series of bills concern great changes

    Prime Minister George Papandreou, addressing the cabinet meeting on Tuesday said, according to reports, that the government must complete the great bulk of legislative work soon, stressing in parallel that the monitoring of their implementation is equally important with the ratification of the laws.

    The cabinet authorised Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou to produce bills on the issues on which he briefed the cabinet meeting.

    The cabinet's agenda included three briefings by the Finance minister on issues concerning a) the utilisation of public property and the plan of action for privatisations and restructurings, b) the deregulation of closed professions and c) the regulation of the technical and chance games market.

    The agenda also included the discussion on the draft law on postal services and electronic communications and the draft law on the social economy and social entrepreneurship.

    The cabinet also discussed the draft law on boosting private investments for economic growth and the draft law on the creation of a National Entrepreneurship and Growth Fund.

    The Finance ministry with the bills, particularly for "closed professions", will set the "horizontal framework" and every minister will specialise in his sector.

    The prime minister underlined that a series of bills concern great changes and for this reason they must be explained and there should be consultation on them both with the agencies interested and with society.

    The relevant bills will be tabled, according to reports, around the end of January, early February and in the meantime there shall be consultation with the agencies concerned.

    It was stressed at the meeting, according to reports, that the consultation must be substantive and the briefing to cover both the agencies interested and the ministers whose duties include arrangements regarding "closed professions."

    Lastly, according always to reports, remarks were made at the cabinet meeting on the bill concerning environmental licensings that is subject to the Environment ministry's supervision.

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