Coali­tion be­rated for rush­ing bills through House

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The coali­tion came un­der at­tack from the op­po­si­tion par­ties yes­ter­day for try­ing to rush through Par­lia­ment leg­is­la­tion paving the way for a new round of bank re­cap­i­tal­iza­tions and a multi-bill con­tain­ing the sec­ond set of prior ac­tions that need to be passed so Greece can re­ceive fur­ther bailout fund­ing.

The bank re­cap­i­tal­iza­tion bill is due to be voted on tonight but the vot­ing for the om­nibus bill is not due un­til Thurs­day as the two pieces of leg­is­la­tion were sub­mit­ted un­der dif­fer­ent pro­ce­dures.

“A lot of the in­for­ma­tion [in­cluded in the bills] was not avail­able un­til the last minute,” said Fi­nance Min­is­ter Eu­clid Tsakalo­tos af­ter com­plaints from op­po­si­tion par­ties about the short time that MPs have to de­bate the de­tails of the draft laws.

“It was very dif­fi­cult to have the bills ready ear­lier,” he added.

The gov­ern­ment’s ar­gu­ment, though, did not con­vince the op­po­si­tion.

“You are bring­ing us a bill un­der the emer­gency pro­ce­dure be­cause the gov­ern­ment is un­able to live up to its obli­ga­tions,” said New Democ­racy MP Makis Voridis.

Nev­er­the­less, New Democ­racy in­di­cated that it will sup­port the bank re­cap­i­tal­iza­tion bill, as will PA­SOK. The op­po­si­tion par­ties, how­ever, in­di­cated that they are not pre­pared to vote for the multi-bill next week.

New Democ­racy and PA­SOK asked the gov­ern­ment to re­move from the om­nibus bill pro­vi­sions re­gard­ing in­creases in tax­a­tion for farm­ers, live­stock breed­ers and brew­eries.

Coali­tion part­ner and De­fense Min­is­ter Panos Kam­menos also made it clear that he would not vote for an in­crease in the spe­cial con­sump­tion tax on beer man­u­fac­tured by Greek mi­cro­brew­eries.

“Tax­a­tion on Greek beer, which helps Thrace get by, and on mi­cro­brew­eries across the whole of Greece will not be voted through and is not a prior ac­tion,” Kam­menos wrote on Twit­ter.

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