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MPs postpone vote on realtor’s regulations

The house plenum

THE House plenum on Friday overwhelmingly voted to postpone voting on a legislative proposal regulating the profession of realtors.

Among other things, the proposal would introduce the profession of assistant realtor.

Greens’ leader Yiorgos Perdikis and Akel MP Yiorgos Georgiou opposed the motion to postpone for 15 days, requested by Solidarity in order to discuss and incorporate amendments to the proposal. The motion was passed by a 48 to 3 majority.

House Interior committee chair and proposal sponsor Eleni Mavrou said that, while she does not object to the request to postpone, this was the third or fourth such request granted.

Noting that adequate time for discussion had already been allowed, Mavrou claimed various amendments essentially revolved around differently-phrased aspects of the same issue.

“The continuous postponements embarrass parliament and leave the impression that we are giving in to pressure from financial interests,” she said.

Perdikis diagnosed an attempt to stall the reform and said the repeated delays were an insult to parliament.

Citing “people who have been waiting for months and years for us to legitimise their profession”, Akel’s Georgiou said the “public’s patience is being tested”.

Meanwhile, the House plenum also postponed a vote on a government bill regulating the creation and operation of clubs and foundations.

The motion to postpone was put forth by Diko MP Panicos Leonidou, citing the violence between football hooligans on Tuesday night.

“Parliament must consider the introduction of clauses relating to the oversight body, and introduce administrative penalties for illegal items found inside clubs, including the suspension of their operation,” he said.

Once more, Mavrou dissented, arguing that there is nothing to discuss or introduce, since Leonidou described offences that fall under the criminal code.

She added that the bill has been at the House since 2015, and that consultation over it started in 2012.

The Greens’ deputy Charalambos Theopemptou said the bill has been discussed exhaustively and that its provisions also impact non-governmental organisations, which eagerly await the new legislative framework.

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