Athens, July 6, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
Following a protest by the main opposition, House speaker Nikos Voutsis accepted a proposal by New Democracy to hold a plenary session on the formation of an Inquiry Committee on the economy and possible responsibility of Yanis Varoufakis.
The House speaker gave his assurance to the parliamentary representative of ND, Nikos Dendias, who filed a protest, denouncing the downgrading and obsolescence of the Parliament.
According to Voutsis, after consultation he will have with the government, the date for the debate will be finalized, and it is expected by the end of July.
At the same time, he stressed that there shouldn’t be meaningless tensions for issues that can be discussed and resolved, alluding to the stance of ND.
It is worth noting that the main opposition party’s request is being accepted in the wake of the revelations made by Galbraith, about the content of the plan B of Yanis Varoufakis.
On the occasion of the protest letter of ND leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, and the letter of 36 party MPs on how parliamentary scrutiny and legislative work are being exercised, the president of the Parliament noted that in light of this political movement he chose to answer in an institutional manner.
He said the issues for better legislating procedure have already been discussed, both at the meeting of presidents and during the discussion for the change of the Rules of the House.
He acknowledged, however, that there was a relatively delay in regard to the ND proposal for the establishment of an Inquiry Committee, noting, however, that without wanting to do make generalizations, there were similar cases in the past that were never realized.
“In the discussion of the Rules of the House on June 28, I made an institutional and public mention on all the issues raised by the opposition, both self-critical, and explanatory in relation to parliamentary control and better legislating. There are tight margins for the prerequisites. We know that; I hope this cycle closes quickly. The way this issue resurfaces by the opposition creates room for misunderstandings”, he said.
And he concluded: “We must ring the bell of Democracy when needed, for those who is needed and for issues that is need. Nobody has the monopoly on matters of Democracy”.
“The revelations of James Galbraith make even more urgent the formation of an inquiry committee on this dark period”, said the ND spokesman, G. Koumoutsakos.
“The inquiry request now takes a new content after the revelations and becomes politically more compelling. This dark period must fully come to light. The future of the country and the Greeks was gambled during this period and the result was the impoverishment of the Greeks”, he added.
He noted that ND filed three months ago (March 30) an Inquiry Committee requested for the Tsipras – Varoufakis period, which cost several billions to the Greek people and denounced the apathy of the government and the president of the House.
He marked the anniversary of the referendum as a “day of mourning”.
“What happened a year ago was the most extreme deception of a whole nation”, he added.