Local government reform in Cyprus is criticized for poor planning and excessive administrative roles, with 20 mayors, 93 deputies, and ‘super mayors’ for a population of one million. Expert Charalambos Koutalakis warns of deteriorating services and inefficiency if action is not taken soon to streamline the restructuring process.
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The government introduced three key legislative proposals for local government reform aiming to revise laws on Municipalities, Civil Registry, and District SelfGovernment, consolidate municipalities into 20 units, and establish ‘local clusters’ and ‘district councils’ for smaller communities. These changes signify a significant stride towards a more modern and efficient local governance system, set to be implemented on July 1st.
President Nikos Christodoulides assures that the philosophy behind local government reforms in Cyprus will remain steadfast, emphasizing collaboration and representation. With a proactive stance towards potential challenges, the government aims to uphold the core principles of governance amidst political diversity, showcasing a commitment to transparency and resilience in the reform process.
The Cyprus Interior Ministry’s vision for 2024 involves a €739 million budget for enhancing public services, reforming migration and housing policies, and attracting investments through building authority reforms. They aim to speed up asylum processes, manage labour market access for migrants, promote rural housing development, complete local government reforms, and invest in migrant infrastructure.