New «building permit» law passed
The bill proposed by the Ministry of Environment regarding the new procedure for the issuing of building permits and construction check has been approved and voted in favor. The new bill also includes clauses allowing for the better settlement of illegal structures, in order to increase revenue.
According to the new law, there is a 10% discount of the total fine, provided that at least 30% of the fine is paid by the 31st of May 2013. The deadline for owners to transfer such property has also been extended to the 31st of May 2013, provided 30% of the fine has been paid. It is also possible for industrial units to get a license by paying 30% of their fine by the 31st of May 2013.
An amendment regarding water policy was also voted, in reference to which Deputy Minister St. Kalafatis spoke of the need for an agency to deal with the price and cost of water, as outlined in relevant EU legislation.