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Cabinet meeting: Draft decree-law on repairing recent months' damage

Published the:  22/04/2011

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April 22, 2011 - TAP - The draft decree-law on repairing damage caused in the last months and the agreement in principle on the launch, shortly, of wages bargaining, were the major items on the agenda of the Interim Cabinet's regular meeting, held on Friday.
The meeting, held at the Government Palace in Kasbah under the chairmanship of Interim President Foued Mebazaa, also looked at several other decree-laws.
Minister of Education and Official Spokesman for the Cabinet Taieb Baccouche said the meeting examined the draft decree-law on repairing damage suffered over the past months.
It aims to grant financial indemnification under harm caused to persons having resulted in death or other physical harms and losses suffered by businesses, as a result of fire, looting or property depredation.
The Minister added that financial compensations are being served to their beneficiaries, as part of damage suffered by persons.
He said that this financial indemnification covers damage recorded during the period between December 17, 2010 and February 28, 2011.
Regarding businesses that suffered losses as a result of these events, he said that the draft decree-law comprises a set of provisions on classification of the affected enterprises and the procedural steps for the implementation of this decree-law.
Mr. Taieb Baccouche said indemnification reflects the national community's solidarity with families of the martyrs and all victims of events that occurred over the past months, as well as its support for companies to help them resume normal activities.
He also underlined that the Cabinet looked at a decree-law on temporary measures to support tourism businesses to help them overcome the current situation and boost tourist activity, in accordance with what had been decided for the other industrial, agricultural or services sectors.
In another connection, the Cabinet discussed the draft decree-law providing for the holding of the National Constituent Assembly's elections.
The spokesman for the Cabinet announced that the Prime Minister would make public, during a news conference to be held in the coming days, the Caretaker Government's stand on this draft decree-law.
Besides, the Cabinet listened to a briefing on the financial sector, presented by the Finance Minister, and the Industry and Technology Minister's a report on the economic situation.
The Cabinet was also briefed by the Social Affairs Minister on the social situation of refugees and the Tunisian nationals repatriated from Libya.
It voiced, in this regard, consideration to the Tunisian families who hosted several Libyan families.
Regarding labor relations and wages bargaining, and following the outcome of contacts held with social partners, Mr. Baccouche announced that the Cabinet had approved of the principle of starting wages negotiations shortly.