Parliament approves draft law on legalisation of illegally built residences; provision on mosque

A draft law on the legalisation of thousands of illegally built constructions was passed in Parliament on Wednesday, with considerable changes as regards fines that will have to be paid by their owners. The draft law also includes regulations concerning the licensing of projects and activities taking under consideration the protection of the environment.
Meanwhile, article 29 on the construction of a mosque in the Eleonas district in downtown Athens was also passed with an extended majority vote. The nominal ballot took place at the request of opposition Popular Orthodox Rally (LA.O.S).
Present in the vote were 214 MPs, with 16 MPs (from the LA.O.S party) voting against, while in favour were a total of 198 MPs -- ruling PASOK, main opposition New Democracy (ND), the Communist Party (KKE), Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) and independent MPs.

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