By Ragıp Soylu
Early morning Wednesday, the Parliament banned the Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects (TMMOB), from giving approval for mapping, planning, studies and projects.
According to the Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning, in an effort to strengthen previous regulations on building inspections, the decision was made by the parliament, that no professional agency shall grant permits for any project.
"Although the Building Audit law number 4708 prohibited the actions of the Union of Cambers, they would issue fees to engineers and architects and grant permits in the name of professional examinations. The new law was issued after receiving hundreds of complaints from professionals regarding the fees. It was widely believed that the Union of Chambers were restricting architects and engineers from doing their jobs and were subjecting them to mistreatment by canceling their work permits unless they paid the fees." stated the ministry in a press release.
However, the TMMOB accused the government of committing a "witch-hunt" against them, due to their support of the recent anti-government protests related to Istanbul's Gezi Park.
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