A plenary session on Friday approved the Parliament‘s budget for 2018, which includes a 0.75% rise in expenditures (to 133,985,000 euros), from 132,985,000 euros in 2017.
The 2018 expenditures fully meet the medium-term budgetary targets.
Ruling SYRIZA’s rapporteur detailed further improvements to streamline operations, including greater reliance on electronic document dispatch and using parliament-allocated funds to create long-term infrastructure that would reduce operational costs. He also said the special committee that reviews asset declarations of MPs, parties, the cabinet and local government officials would become an independent agency.
Opposition parties hailed the improvements in operational costs and pointed out that they should be conveyed to the public, while they also suggested further reductions such as abolishing the remuneration of deputies for serving on committees.
The budget was passed on the votes of SYRIZA, main opposition New Democracy, Democratic Coalition, Potami and the Centrists’ Union. Golden Dawn voted against, while the Communist Party of Greece voted “present”.