The ruling of the Council of State (CoS) judges that deemed the TV license law as unconstitutional was attacked by the government. The three-vote difference was enough to dash the government’s TV tender. No sooner was the decision reached, that Greek Government Spokeswoman Olga Gerovasili made a statement on behalf of the government.
“The decisions are binding, but that’s not to say that the decisions won’t be judged,” said Gerovasili. She justified the government’s decision to create the TV law in an effort to put an end to the “chaos” in the media landscape. She said that the decision means that public funds will be stripped of 255 million euros at a time when the state is in need of the money, and it returns these funds to the personal accounts of four very rich businessmen.
She attacked the CoS as being the same group that had passed through the bailout agreements, the PSI and the shut down of ERT – decisions that had all been deemed as constitutional. Gerovasili said the ruling will leave 15,000 children out of nursery care and will stop the recruitment of four branches of personnel at Greek hospitals.
Gerovasili said that despite the ruling, the government will not be stopped and plans to submit a new TV law on Monday.