Parliament ratifies landmark bill aimed to crop bureaucracy; allow municipalities right to outsource services

Thursday, 24 October 2019 23:40
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A closely scrutinized and massive draft bill focusing on economic development was passed by a majority of 165 deputies in Parliament - out of 287 voting - on Thursday evening, with MPs from a small right-wing party joining colleagues from ruling New Democracy (ND) party in passing the legislation.

Among others, the government billed the 234-article bill as scaling back proverbial Greek bureaucratic "red tape" plaguing business investment at all levels, as well as allowing municipal governments - via a majority vote by city councils - to outsource services to private contractors, namely, sanitation, urban lighting and green space upkeep.

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