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GMI heads for final House vote

Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou 'defending' the GMI bill at the House Labour committee

THE House Labour committee has finished discussing the Guaranteed Minimum Income government bill, due to be voted on in Thursday’s plenum, committee chairman Andreas Fakontis said yesterday.

Speaking after the session, Fakontis said that despite being asked to clarify certain points, primarily regarding the possibility of revising the level of basic needs – or the ‘consumer’s basket’ – on an annual basis, the final draft of the bill calls for such revision to be made ever two years.

Other proposals submitted, he said, had not been accepted by the government.

According to Fakontis, parliamentary groups will offer their views on the bill and accompanying regulations during Thursday’s plenum, when the bill will be voted on.

Greens’ MP Yiorgos Perdikis said that in collaboration with the Citizens’ Alliance, his party has tabled amendments to the GMI bill, safeguarding that other social groups like the disabled and welfare-aid recipients will not be adversely impacted.

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