The House of Representatives on Friday approved a package of support measures to help employees, companies and the self-employed weather the crisis unleashed by the coronavirus epidemic.
The package was approved by cabinet and discussed with political parties in depth so as to reflect their input. Amendments were made practically until the 10 bills came to the plenary with fewer MPs as part of precautions to avoid spreading the virus for a vote.
The bills freezing loan installments and providing government guarantees for €2b in loans aiming to inject liquidity into the economy will be discussed by the House Finance Committee tomorrow and will probably go before another session of the House plenary on Sunday.
The bills approved are the €369 m supplementary budgetary bill to cover the support measures for the economy, employees, vulnerable groups and companies affected by the crisis as well as a law authorising the Labour Minister to take the measures needed by the ministry.
Parliament also approved the bills on VAT and tax, and the law that keeps contributions to the General Health System at the current rate.
The bills included measures to support vulnerable groups of the population, workers, and businesses.
Two bills relating to a suspension of loan repayments for nine months and a €2bn fiscal stimulus were expected to be put to the vote on Sunday.