Main opposition New Democracy was shedding ‘crocodile tears’ for workers but real tears for TV channel owners, Minister of State Nikos Pappas said on Monday, commenting on ND’s proposed legislation for issuing television content provider licences.
According to Pappas, the main opposition’s law was essentially identical to his own, apart from abolishing the minimum number of employees required to set up a TV channel, which SYRIZA had set at 400, and setting up a licencing procedure that minimised the amounts that could be earned by the Greek state, instead of an open tender.
“In other ways, ND’s proposed law repeats using slightly looser terms the conditions provided under law 4339/15 in articles 1-15. In precisely those articles that ND wants abolished. In precisely that law which, in its basic articles, was passed by a majority significantly greater than the government’s.”