CoS to convene 5th time on TV licenses

26 October 2016
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The Council of State (CoS), Greece’s Supreme Court on administrative matters, is scheduled to convene in plenum, Wednesday, to decide on whether the TV licensing procedures passed by the ruling SYRIZA government contravened the Greek constitution.

The session, which is the fifth on the controversial issue and will be held behind closed doors, is expected to start at 5.30pm and the 25 judges examine the new TV law and if it bypassed the constitutionally recognised role of the Greek National Council for Radio and Television (NCRTV) to determine the issuing of TV licenses. If the law, drafted by Minister of State Nikos Pappas, is deemed constitutional, the judges will move on to examine whether the number of only 4 TV licenses issued is legal and the criteria used to reach this specific limit.

Some justice sources did not rule out the possibility that the government could be given a 6-month period in which to form the NCRTV, after which the CoS would reconvene to decide on the matter. According to information, during the previous meeting of the CoS on Monday, it was proposed that no final ruling be issued on the issue, but a preliminary decision, allowing the state time to set up the NCRT and then decide on the constitutionality of the law.

However, commentators and some justice sources believe that today’s session will reach a final ruling and the matter would not go to a sixth session.

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