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Busy session ahead as holiday ends for House

Former Central Bank governor Athanasios Orphanides

The summer break is over for MPs, with parliamentary committees scheduled to resume as of next Monday.

Speaking to the media, House Speaker Demetris Syllouris explained how the workings of parliament would be re-jigged.

A major change is that plenary sessions will be held on Friday mornings, rather than on Thursday afternoons, as had been the case until now.

This would give lawmakers the entire work week to prepare for the plenum, Syllouris said.

The first plenary of the new House session is scheduled for Friday, September 9.

In addition, parliamentary committees throughout the week will henceforth be scheduled across three distinct time slots, ensuring that MPs who sit on multiple committees have no overlap.

“The whole purpose of the changes is to make parliament more efficient,” Syllouris said.

Parliament has a busy schedule ahead. The House finance committee will be resuming discussion of a batch of government bills relating to public service reform.

On Tuesday, August 30, the energy and commerce committee will commence with a briefing from Energy Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis on the hydrocarbons scene in Cyprus. The session will continue with discussion of a bill seeking to further promote the use of renewable energy sources.

Likewise the House watchdog committee is set to convene on August 30. Making an appearance there will be former Central Bank governor Athanasios Orphanides.

On Wednesday, August 31, the legal affairs committee will continue discussion on the 12th amendment to the Constitution and on matters relating to regulations in the police force.


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