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Karousos backs up Syllouris’ pledge to give cash for new parliament to Covid-19 fight

File photo: Yiannis Karousos

Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos stepped in on Wednesday to back House President Demetris Syllouris who has said the budget for the building of a new parliament would go to the fight against the coronavirus.

Last week Syllouris, said on social media that he intended to propose the postponing for the time being of the procedures for the construction of the new parliament building and divert the allocated budget of EUR100 million towards fighting Covid-19.

He specifically stated that that the budget could be used for the building of isolation areas under the supervision of specialists.

However in a report Wednesday in daily Phileleftheros it claimed that nothing had been done to halt procedures and plans are progressing as normal for the new building.

It also stated that even if all procedures (eg.tenders) were terminated then only EUR20 million could be allocated as this was the amount included in the year’s annual budget for the project.

Later Wednesday morning however, Karousos tweeted that he spoke with the House president on Tuesday and Syllouris’ suggestion would be set in motion with the relative ministry handling the matter.

However his tweet did not mention the amount that would be allocated.

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