Commentaries

Commodifying Public Property

The state continues to encroach on, neglect, or allow the private sector to control landed public property, this time through a decree of the Council of Ministers allowing Al-Hiba Real Estate Company to …

The Threat of Privatizing Public Lands Becoming Reality

The draft law was submitted on 21/03/2024, and referred to the government and the joint committees for the Committee of Administration and Justice, and the Committee of Finance, and Budget on 3/04/2024. The committees are reviewing it, but no meetings have been held yet to discuss it.

Postponing Municipal Elections has Become a Norm

“Truly, fair elections can only happen in normal times, and they are at the heart of democracy, ensuring power is not concentrated in one group for too long.” With these words, Deputy Jihad …

The 2024 budget:

Rewarding property owners and speculators

This article discusses the 2024 budget in Lebanon, emphasizing the lack of substantial changes to rebuild the collapsing economy. The budget focuses on providing legal cover for state expenses without addressing existing policies, …

Lebanon Roads and Employment Project: Tinkering with the Roads, as a Way to Tinker with the Economy

A draft law related to consent on a loan agreement to be signed with the European Investment Bank worth 151 million Euros to contribute to the financing of the "Roads and Employment Project in Lebanon"

Referred by the Lebanese government and approved by parliament in the parliamentary session held on Thursday, December 14th, 2023.

Public Transportation: The State Borrows Money without Implementing

Issued in the Official Gazette on 9/7/2019.

From Dalieh in 1995 Until Today: A New Extension of the Hotel Exemption Law

Proposing a law aiming at “Extending the application of Law No. 264 (extending the work of the law related to exempting hotels from some provisions of the Building Law).”

The law proposal was submitted on 20/3/2023, and has not yet been referred to parliamentary committees.

Once Again, the Lebanese Forces MPs Propose Privatization as a Solution to the Lebanese Crisis

A draft law proposing the creation of an independent institution responsible for managing state assets.

The law draft was submitted on 13/2/2023, and has not yet been referred to any parliamentary committee yet.

Public Safety Decree: No Guarantee for People’s Safety, and No End to the Deterioration of the Urban Environment

Decree No. 14293 relating to “Requirements for General Safety in Buildings, Facilities and Elevator Equipment, and Fire and Earthquake Prevention”.

It was amended by Decree No. 7964, which is currently in force and issued on April 7, 2012.

A Proposed Law Acting as a Final Blow Towards Destroying What Remains of People’s Interests and the Urban Fabric

A draft law proposing the liberalization of non-residential old rent leases

The committees (the Committee of Administration and Justice on 5/7/2022 and the Committee of Finance and Budget on 21/7/2022) have completed studying the proposal for a Rent Law for non-residential units, and it is expected to be included, as amended by the Committee of Administration and Justice, on the agenda of any of the upcoming general legislative commission’s sessions.

“Strong Lebanon” MPs: Proposing a Law Which Excludes Relatives from the Provisions of Freezing the Sale of Real Estate Properties does not Threaten the “Sectarian Identity” of the Areas Affected by the August 4 Port Explosion 

Proposing an accelerated law aimed at amending the second paragraph of Article 3 of Law No. 194 (Protecting the areas impacted by the explosion in the port of Beirut and supporting their reconstruction).

It was presented to the Parliament session on February 20-21, 2022

Azm Movement Proposes Approving a New Loan from the World Bank to Modernize the Lebanese Land System

A request for approval to conclude a loan agreement between the Republic of Lebanon and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, to execute the land system modernization project.

It was placed on the agenda of the 21-22/4/2020 session, but it was withdrawn by the government following the International Bank’s retraction of the loan due to the emerging circumstances.