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MPs’ Concerns Over ATM Access and the Impact on Rural Communities

MPs are concerned about the decreasing access to ATMs in rural areas, particularly impacting senior citizens. Banks defend their reduction of ATMs due to high maintenance costs and the shift towards digital banking, sparking a debate between social responsibility and profitability. Balancing the needs of all customers remains the key focus amidst this ongoing dilemma.

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Strengthening Village Governance: The Cypriot Initiative

The Cypriot initiative for strengthening village governance involves clustering mukhtars’ jurisdictions to enhance operational efficiency, reforming local government structures, revising housing schemes, and recalibrating financial support criteria to incentivize residency and development in rural Cyprus fostering a more balanced and prosperous future for these areas. Interior Minister Constantinos Ioannou and President of the Union of Cyprus Communities, Andreas Kitromilides, are at the forefront of discussions to reform local governance, focusing on clustering mukhtars’ jurisdictions and revitalizing mountainous areas with tailored housing schemes and financial support incentives, aiming to empower rural communities and promote sustainable development in Cyprus.

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Boosting Agriculture a ‘Top Priority’

Cyprus is investing €454 million in modernizing agriculture, aiming to enhance competitiveness, sustainability, and rural community vitality through the Common Agricultural Policy Strategic Plan from 2023 to 2027. Agriculture Minister Maria Panayiotou underscores the importance of integrating agriculture with tourism and environmental conservation, highlighting the strategic value of the Arakapas mandarin in promoting economic growth and innovation in the sector.

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