President says will review subsidy to local authorities if reform goes ahead

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has said that the government is willing to review the amount disbursed to local authorities as a subsidy, which has in recent years been greatly reduced, provided that the reform of the local administration goes ahead.

President Anastasiades, who was speaking during a meeting with local actors in Larnaka, also referred to all the projects planned for the District of Larnaka and announced that as of April 2019 a new wing of the city’s general hospital will be delivered.

Referring to bureaucracy he said that it is the reason behind delays in projects which have been given a green light to go ahead.

He spoke of the government’s determination, in cooperation with parliamentary parties to move forward with reforms, starting with the local administration reform and the public service reform in a climate of consensus from all political forces.

President Anastasiades continued stressing that the time has come to move forward with concrete and decisive reforms, so that bureaucracy can be reduced, the state can be modernised and conditions of e-government can be created which will make everyone’s life easier, especially if projects announced are fast -tracked on the basis of the stable course of economic growth recorded.

Referring to the local administration he said the government is ready, on the basis of the state’s financial capabilities, to review the amount of its subsidy to municipalities and communities under one condition: for the local administration reform to go ahead.

Source: Cyprus News Agency