Greek Parliament Approves Joint Development Company for Church Property



parliamentAn amendment was passed in Parliament on Wednesday establishing the “Company for Developing the Real Estate Assets of the Church SA”, which will be owned equally by the Greek state and the Greek Orthodox Church.
During discussion in Parliament, main opposition Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) and the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) raised the issue of separating church and state, AMNA reported.
SYRIZA deputy Nikos Voutsis told Parliament his party would not oppose the amendment. The party, as reported by its rapporteur Dimitris Gakis, did not vote down the amendment but voted “present”, abstaining from a yes or no vote.
As Voutsis said, “We do not oppose this bill, this effort, but we retain a lot of reservations for it” which he said were based on the details contained in the proposal.
KKE voted against the amendment.
(source: AMNA, Capital)


2 COMMENTS

  1. Amazing –READ BELOW FROM KATHIMERINI NEWS TODAY– Incredible!

    ekathimerini.com — Wednesday August 28, 2013 (22:13)

    “BREAKING POINT”

    Utter despair is the only way to describe what taxpayers in Greece are
    feeling these days, and especially those who made the mistake of investing in
    real estate or who have inherited property from their families.

    Citizens are being called on to pay retroactive real estate taxes over the
    space of a few months and are really starting to feel that they are running out
    of reserves, if they haven’t done so already.

    They also have to deal with the online TAXISnet system, which is prone to
    technical problems, as well as underperforming local tax offices.

    The fact is that taxpayers in this country are getting angry. And the people
    who are getting the angriest are those who have done nothing wrong, who have not
    broken any laws, who have always paid their taxes and other debts on time and
    who are now feeling that the inadequacy of the political system has led to their
    properties and assets being at
    risk.

    from ekathimerini.com – , Wednesday August 28, 2013 (22:13)

  2. Greece’s international lenders will press Athens next month to transfer state-owned real estate to a holding company MANAGED BY THE EUROZONE to spur flagging privatisation efforts, officials said on Thursday. The plan, to be put to the Greek government by the troika of lenders – the IMF, the European Central Bank and the European Commission – in September, will propose creating a Greek-owned holding company outside Greece and RUN BY FOREIGN EXPERTS.
    http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite2_1_29/08/2013_516079