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House plenum to rubberstamp composition of committees (Updated)

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Disy's Harris Georgiades and House president Annita Demetriou at the selection meeting on Tuesday

The House plenary will on Thursday ratify the composition of the 16 regular and one ad hoc parliamentary committee, as well as a newly established ethics committee for MPs, the Cyprus News Agency reported on Wednesday.

These were decided by the House selection committee at two meetings this week. Citing sources, the news agency said that in the case of the three big parties the deputy presidency will go to the same party as the presidency of each committee. For the four smaller parties, the deputy chair will go to a different party.

The new ethics committee will be chaired ex officio by House president Annita Demetriou.

The House defence committee will be chaired by Edek president Marinos Sizopoulos and the vice presidency will go to Disy MP Yiorgos Karoulas.  The president of the House human rights committee is Akel MP Irene Charalambidou and the vice president fellow Akel MP Andreas Pashiourtides.

Disy’s Kyriakos Hadjiyiannis is tipped to chair the House energy, commerce and tourism committee and Disy MP Onoufrios Koula will be vice president. Disy deputy president Harris Georgiades will head the foreign relations committee with Marios Mavrides as deputy chairman.

Akel’s Andros Kafkalias will preside over the labour committee with newly elected Christos Christofias as vice president, while fellow Akel MP Aristos Damianou will be president of the interior committee and Akel MP Marina Demetriou will be the number two.

Institutions is expected to be chaired by Disy’s Demetris Demetriou with Yiorgos Karoulas as vice president, while Dipa MP Marinos Moushouttas will be president of the transport committee and Akel’s Costas Costa will be vice president.

Disy’s Nicos Tornaritis will chair the legal affairs committee and Fotini Tsiridou will deputise, while Diko’s deputy president Christiana Erotocritou will remain at the helm of finance committee and new MP Chrysis Pantelides will be vice president.

The education committee will be chaired by Diko’s Pavlos Mylonas with Chrysanthos Savvides as vice president. Fellow Diko MP Zaharias Koulias will remain head of the watchdog committee with Chrysis Pantelides as number two, while the environment committee will be chaired by Greens’ president Charalambos Theopemptou and Akel’s Nikos Kettiros as vice president.

The refugee committee will be chaired by Akel’s Nikos Kettiros with Christos Christofides as vice president and the health committee by Disy’s Efthymios Diplaros with Savvia Orphanidou deputising.

It has still to be decided how many MPs will make up the ad hoc committee on demographics that will be controversially chaired by far-right Elam. According to CNA, there are questions as to whether Akel’s seats will remain vacant, as the party has said it will not participate in a committee chaired by Elam. The ad hoc committee is expected to be chaired by Linos Papayiannis and Disy’s Prodromos Alambritis will be number two.

The ad hoc committees, chaired ex-officio by the House president, are expected to retain the same members as in the previous House. One committee is for asset declaration (Nicos Tornaritis, Yiorgos Loucaides, Christiana Erotocritou and Marinos Sizopoulos), the other on adherence to House regulations (Tornaritis, Loucaides and Erotocritou) and the third on the revision of House rules, with one member from each party. An ad hoc committee on loans of politically exposed people (Peps) will be chaired by the House president, with changes expected in its composition as two previous MPs are no longer in parliament.

Important issues expected to be dealt with by the House early on include the coronavirus pandemic and reform of local government, justice and the civil service, asset declarations and the “Pay As You Throw” programme.

Drawing €1.2 billion from the EU’s recovery and resilience fund is dependent on approval of 22 bills by the end of 2021, while another 28 bills also related to the fund are expected to be submitted.

Tomorrow’s session will be chaired by the eldest MP Koulias, as Demetriou will be acting president of the Republic in the absence of President Nicos Anastasiades who is travelling to Brussels.

 

 

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