162. The Minister shall make his decision on any application for the issue, renewal or modification of a permit in relation to a private educational institution in the conditions prescribed by this Act, to be valid from a date after 30 June 1993, whether the application is made before or after 22 December 1992.
Every application for the issue, renewal or modification of a declaration of public interest or recognition for purposes of grants, to be valid from a date after 30 June 1993, shall be treated both as an application for a permit in accordance with the first paragraph and as an application for accreditation for purposes of subsidies, whether the application is made before or after 22 December 1992.
Subparagraph 1 of the first paragraph of section 12, subparagraph 1 of the second paragraph of section 18 and section 80 do not apply with respect to such an application. However, the Minister may require from the applicant any document or information he considers necessary for making his decision; he shall suspend the examination of an application until he receives the required documents or information.
The Minister shall consult the Commission regarding every application for renewal.