Presidential election with 5 open fronts

Presidential election with 5 open fronts

Athens, December 16, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

The election process of the President of the Republic has opened the debate on the possibility of an early dissolution of the House.

However, for the next few days, committees and plenary will work intensively towards producing legislative results.

Revision of the Constitution

One day before the first ballot for the election of the President of the Republic, ie Tuesday, the House must take a decision on the proposal of the New Democracy for the need to create a Committee for the Revision of the Constitution.

So far, two parties, SYRIZA and the Greek Communist Party (KKE) have made it clear that they oppose the setting up such a committee at this stage, with the possible inability to elected a President of the Republic that will result in the dissolution of the Parliament and the calling of early national elections.

Contribution in land and money

At the same time, two major bills are being developed by the parliamentary committees with crucial provisions that concern a large portion of the citizens.

The first is the competence of the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change and brings an horizontal reduction in contributions in cash for those properties within the city planning, increasing of installments, and the transferability of the property, even if the obligations in money have not been paid in full.

This bill contains a second chapter with amendments and additions of the New Construction Regulation. The new provisions provide for the redefinition of the surfaces that are not counted in the building coefficient, the maximum allowable height of the building and the extension of building permits to complete the facades and roofs of buildings without requiring the issuance of new permits.

Forestry legislation

In the same bill have been included provisions to maintain legitimate uses in certain districts of Athens, namely Plaka and Exarcheia, while changes will be made in forestry legislation.

Specifically, in regard to changes affecting issues of forest law, permanent character takes the characterisation of an area or portion of land that has been done with informative documents, without the proposed quasi-judicial process and when the characterisation of the area has not been reviewed, while any legal actions brought in the relevant committees will be withdrawn.

On the another provision, according to the news agency AMNA, it will be allowed to intervene to forests in order to build prisons.

In the bill are also included churches, cultural facilities, as well as the facilities of the environmental information centers, the buildings and farms, which are built in forests without the required permission of the forest service, will be allowed to continue to operate for three years before complying with the provisions of the relevant legislation.

The bill provides for the inclusion to the provisions on the authorisation of forest areas and grasslands, which in the public interest, had been cleared for farming purposes without the permission of the public forest Authority, provided that such lands are being used to this day exclusively for this purpose.

NSRF 2014-2020

In another bill that was introduced in the House last Friday and is being processed by the competent committee, rules are established for the coordination, management, control and implementation of development interventions for the period 2014- 2020.

With the bill, as the controlling body for all Operational Programmes of the NSRF 2014- 2020 is defined the Financial Control Committee of the General Secretariat of Fiscal Policy of the Ministry of Finance.

The bill provides that the national and community participation for all operations under the Operational Programmes of the NSRF 2014- 2020 are considered public investments and can be financed from the state budget through the Public Investment Program.


In the processing phase in the competent committee is also bill of the Health Ministry, which apart from establishing an Observatory for Dementia, it includes provisions for the possibility of prescribing cheaper medicinal products containing the same quantity and quality of the medicine.

In particular, pharmacists are now required to have as stock and administer the medicinal product with the lowest retail price for each active substance, content and packaging from the drugs of the positive list of prescription products.

They must also disclose to the patient the drug at the lowest price and the fee corresponding to this drug.

If the patient chooses the most expensive medicine, they must sign on a special place on the prescription that they wishes to buy this medicine with simultaneous recording of the fact at the electronic prescription system.

In addition, EOPYY is required to check on a monthly basis the execution data of the recipe of each pharmacist, to establish any infringement of the above.