New Democracy will approve the lowering of the sales-tax rate (VAT) on the islands on the forefront of the refugee crisis which are included in a government omnibus bill on reforming bankruptcy law, electronic transactions and the voluntary disclosure of undeclared income, lawmaker Haralambos Athanasiou said on Friday during a debate in parliament.

On its side, the Democratic Coalition submitted an amendment calling for the lowering of the VAT on all the islands, a measure that was originally passed by PASOK in the 1980s and remained in place until 2015.

The Communist Party said through its rapporteur Sakis Vardalis it will not approve the bill because disagrees with the proposed bankruptcy law as it secures the interests of the businesses.

Potami said it approves the bill on principle but expressed reservations concerning some articles and requested improvements on others, noting that small steps are being taken for reforms which must be accelerated.

The rapporteur of the Centrists’ Union, Theodora Megaloikonomou, also expressed reservation on the bill saying the party disagrees on main provisions such as the use of plastic money for transactions and the administration of justice.

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