HOUSE President Yiannakis Omirou said yesterday the state budget for 2014 needed to be submitted to parliament as soon as possible for approval before December.
“There has been a delay which, of course, is not the first time,” Omirou said.
According to the constitution, the budget must be submitted three months before implementation.
“We recognise the special circumstances the economy finds itself in and that there is a memorandum but we hope that the budget will be given into parliament as soon as possible so that the house can have time to discuss and approve the important bills,” Omirou said.
He also said that bullying tactics such as: ‘vote tonight because tomorrow morning the entire financial system will collapse’ would not be tolerated.
When asked what can be done to improve the image of parliament in the public eye, Omirou said: “We must work to convince the public that we are working with self confidence and criticism so that the people will trust in the House.”
Omirou noted that during its last period parliamentary committees had held 545 meetings, the plenary voted on 223 bills and approved 53 regulations. One bill was rejected, and the executive withdrew 84 bills and 21 regulations, he said.
Topics examined by parliament were unemployment, declining rents, measures to support students and vulnerable groups, support for entrepreneurship, and provident funds.