New Democracy (ND) reiterated its intent to only agree to the formation of the National Council for Radio and Television’s (NCRTV) board if the government abolishes the TV licensing law submitted by State Minister Nikos Pappas and all powers are returned to the independent watchdog.
“If Pappas’ law is not abolished along with its articles, and all powers are not returned to the NCRTV, New Democracy will not agree to the setting up of the NCRTV,” a party source told journalists.
“We will not agree to Pappas’ fraud and Tsipras’ illusions. They must return the powers grabbed by Pappas to the NCRTV which should decide both on the number of TV licenses and of employees,” it added.
Commenting on the last meeting of Parliament Presidents where no agreement was achieved, the source said ND voted “present” to allow the government to disengage from the stalemate it created.