Multi-bill due Mon­day

Leg­is­la­tion will not be sub­mit­ted as one ar­ti­cle, vote to take place on Satur­day

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The draft leg­is­la­tion con­tain­ing the first batch of prior ac­tions Greece has to pass as part of its third bailout is due to be sub­mit­ted in Par­lia­ment with the aim of MPs vot­ing on the bill by next Satur­day, the gov­ern­ment said yesterday.

Gov­ern­ment spokesper­son Olga Gerovasili said that the leg­is­la­tion would be crammed into a multi-bill con­sist­ing of sev­eral ar­ti­cles, not just one, as some SYRIZA MPs had feared and had al­ready be­gun ex­press­ing ob­jec­tions about.

Gerovasili added that the “ur­gent” rather than “emer­gency” par­lia­men­tary pro­ce­dure would be fol­lowed, al­low­ing MPs am­ple time to de­bate the mea­sures, which re­late to the prod­uct mar­ket, tack­ling tax eva­sion, medicines pric­ing, the nat­u­ral gas mar­ket and bank­ing reg­u­la­tions. “Ev­ery party will have a chance to ex­press an opin­ion about what it con­sid­ers pos­i­tive and what it con­sid­ers neg­a­tive and to adopt a spe­cific po­si­tion on what it sup­ports and what it does not sup­port,” Gerovasili told Kokkino FM.

She sug­gested that it would be sur­pris­ing if New Democ­racy, PA­SOK and Po­tami op­pose mea­sures which they had es­sen­tially ap­proved when they de­cided to back the third bailout dur­ing the sum­mer.

“The other par­ties also carry a share of the re­spon­si­bil­ity to get the coun­try out of the dead end quickly and ef­fec­tively,” she said, adding that the op­po­si­tion would be tested with re­gard to how se­ri­ous its calls for “co­op­er­a­tion” and “con­sen­sus” were be­fore the Septem­ber 20 gen­eral elec­tions.

The gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial sug­gested that Athens had agreed with its lenders that the vote could take place on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 17, rather than two days ear­lier, which had been the ini­tial tar­get.

It is ex­pected that once the om­nibus bill has passed through Par­lia­ment, the coali­tion will try to fol­low up with leg­is­la­tion of its own, not re­lated to the bailout. The first ini­tia­tive is likely to be the launch of a ten­der for broad­cast­ing li­censes. Ahead of the vote of con­fi­dence on Wed­nes­day, Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras said that the rel­e­vant draft leg­is­la­tion would be tabled in the House “within 10 days.”

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