Large-scale reforms that are under way, in order for the necessary steps to be taken towards modernizing and further supporting Cyprus’s development path, were the focus of discussions between Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and the political parties’ leaders.
Speaking to the Press from the Presidential Palace, Mr. Prodromou commented that “the President of the Republic these days holds meetings with the leaders of the parliamentary parties on the occasion of major reforms and other important policy proposals that are currently under the process of realization or need to be promoted today, in order for the necessary steps to be taken towards modernizing and further supporting the country’s development path.
It has been reported that some of the meetings with the political leaders have already taken place, whereas he will soon have contacts with the rest of the political party leaders.
The main topics of these meetings are:
– The large-scale reform the justice system will receive, with the modernization, radical changes and the strengthening of the courts, with the goal of practically speeding up the administration of justice. This is a topic that concerns all citizens and, of course, the wider economy.
– Reforms on the local authority level, for which thorough consultations with all parties involved have taken place in recent years, and we are now in the process of proceeding to decisions. The revamp is actualized with a view to enhancing local government structures and the effectiveness of local authorities and, of course, providing better and more services to citizens.
– The creation and operation of the Ministry of Digital Transformation and Innovation, which will contribute to the coherent and better promotion of all relevant political and radical changes in the field of digital organization, which constitutes a domain of rather pivotal significance in our era, the field digital economy and research and its applications, as well as innovation.
– The reform of the Civil Service on the basis of bills that have been re-introduced in Parliament after incorporating suggestions from parliamentary parties and changes resulting from the relevant consultations in the preceding dialogue. This reform aims to make better use of the social capital of all employees in the public sector, as well as the relevant infrastructure, as always with the goal of providing better services to the citizens.
– The Investment Law, which was approved at the last meeting of the Council of Ministers and is submitted to Parliament, which will be presented in detail in the coming days by the Minister of Interior Affairs. This comprises a major change in the structures of the state and in the reception and handling of investments of high importance, which will enhance the growth prospects that our country has gained in recent years. In particular, the state will become friendlier the bureaucracy that is often a deterrent to investment will be limited. Implementation of this legislation will overcome the fragmentation of licensing authorities and make it possible for investments, on the basis of a set of criteria, to be accelerated and centralized on a single service basis.
Through these reforms and other policies, the President seeks to meet the state’s expectations of today’s citizens and align them with the contemporary needs, the country’s developmental appeal and the pace of everyday life. To this end, the President calls for the cooperation of the political forces”. /ibna