Olg. Gerovasili: Tsipras requested new temporary bill on TV licensing by Monday

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has requested a new legislative initiative concerning the licensing of television stations, which should be presented by Monday (Oct. 31) and asked Parliament president Nikos Voutsis to convene the Conference of Presidents in order to set up the new board of the TV regulator (NCRTV), government spokeswoman Olga Gerovasili said on Thursday.

Tsipras called a meeting earlier this morning with Justice Minister Nikos Paraskevopoulos, Labour Minister George Katrougalos, State Minister Nikos Pappas, Alternate Minister for Corruption Issues Dimitris Papangelopoulos and close aides to discuss the government’s next steps after the Council of State ruled on Wednesday night that the current TV licensing law is unconstitutional.

“During the meeting, the government’s new legislative initiative was examined thoroughly, in order to temporarily regulate the television landscape until the licensing tender and the final announcement of the licensees from the National Council for Radio and Television,” the spokeswoman said.

“The prime minister asked that the new legislative initiative be ready to submit by next Monday and he also spoke with the parliament’s president and asked him to convene the Conference of Presidents, ahead of the submission of the new bill, to set up the new board of NCRTV,” she added, noting the government is bound by the court’s decision “regardless of whether it agrees with them or not”.

Gerovasili also called on the main opposition to “assume its constitutional responsibilities” in setting up the new board.