Cyprus: New Ministers sworn in

Cyprus: New Ministers sworn in

‘The President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, during the ceremony for the swearing in of the new Ministers of his Government, thanked the outgoing Ministers for the work done during their term of office, and wished the new Ministers good luck. In addition, Nicos Anastasiades noted that the rearrangements in government do not for any reason undermine the objective of meeting the goals set out by the reforms the leadership intends to implement in the economy and society, as well as those implemented to date.

The President of Cyprus went on to say: “Because memories often fade away or are overwhelmed by current events, some more important than others, I would just like to recall only some of the reforms we have implemented for which that the people had been waiting for decades:

-In the welfare system, through the adoption of the Guaranteed Minimum Income, rationalizing the number of public benefits and better targeting them.

– In education, applying the new system of teaching staff recruitment, the adoption of the four-month examination and the new rules of operation of the schools.

– In the field of Tourism and Shipping, through the creation of the competent under-Secretariats.

-In the field of defense, through the recruitment of professionals while reducing at the same time the term of our young people.

-In agriculture, by creating a register of farmers and restructuring the institution of agricultural insurance.

-In the healthcare sector, through the implementation of the first phase of the GHS, which constitutes the largest social reform since the establishment of the Republic of Cyprus.

– Adoption of a new housing policy.

-The unification of the Departments of Taxation.

-The abolition of costly Semi-Governmental Organizations.

-Introducing civil partnership and criminalizing hate speech.

-Introduction of the institution of the Commissioner for Development of Mountain Communities.

-Recognizing and equating metrogenic refugees with patrogenic refugees and creating a ” Register of Owners of Property in the Occupied Territories “.

– Adoption of a measure of compulsory paternity leave.

The President went on to note that there were also reforms which have to be implemented, thus sending a message to the new ministers that there was time to achieve the goals, which, he said, required political will and cooperation with the parties, social partners and the media, which he described as bearers of messages.

At the same time, he called on both the new and the old Ministers to step up their efforts to implement the reforms, by listing only some of them:

– The completion of the GHS, through the implementation of the second phase and the autonomy of public hospitals.

– Enhancing the flexibility, efficiency and speed of decision-making processes in the justice system, by implementing a series of bills that have been tabled, while also going through with “electronic justice”.

-The modernization of the Public Service, through the relevant redrafted bills, which concern the optimal utilization of valuable human resources, in order to deal effectively with the long-standing anchors and weaknesses of the public sector.

– Completion of the Local Government reform, with mergers and unifications of services based on the relevant proposal that was just tabled yesterday, in order to improve the quality of services provided to citizens in their daily lives.

-The overall reform of the education system, including the evaluation system and the optimal efficiency of working time, with the aim of enhancing the education provided.

– Promoting e-Governance, with the aim of tackling bureaucracy, which will be completed by integrating all relevant responsibilities into a Ministry of Digital Transformation, Research and Innovation.

– The new simplified procedure for the licensing of projects under the Investment Law already submitted to Parliament.

– The implementation of the National Tourism Strategy, with the main aim of further enhancing the quality of the tourism product, resolving structural weaknesses and penetrating new major markets.

– Promoting and implementing the provisions of the National Plan for the Development of Mountain Communities, adopted by the Council of Ministers in July 2019

-The reform and strengthening of the Capital Market Commission and the establishment of a new independent Supervisory Authority for the Insurance Sector and the Provident Funds.

– Opening up the competitive energy market, with the aim of reducing electricity costs.

-The implementation of the sustainable development plan of the Akamas National Forest Park, aiming at the rational management of the peninsula, with full respect for the environmental requirements and the need for consistent community development.

– The creation of a Ministry of Culture, which will bring together all the hitherto scattered services under one body.

-Kicking off a dialogue with the social partners and professional organizations on the establishment of a national minimum wage once full-time conditions are achieved.

– The implementation of the new housing policy.

Concluding, Nicos Anastasiades called on members of the Government to work with all political parties in order to implement the leadership’s program. /ibna