Cyprus Mail

Probes, funding and new website take up cabinet meeting

THE CABINET yesterday decided to appoint investigators to look into whether diplomat Leonidas Pantelides and the justice ministry’s permanent secretary Christos Malikkides committed disciplinary offences relating to the Mari naval base explosion two years ago.

Investigating Malikkides will be the commerce ministry’s permanent secretary Alecos Michaelides.

The finance ministry’s permanent-secretary Christos Patsalides will investigate Pantelides, who headed the president’s diplomatic office at the time of the blast.

The cabinet also decided to give €1.5 million in extra funding to the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency (CIPA) to help intensify efforts to bring in foreign investment in light of the current financial situation on the island.

In another decision, the cabinet also appointed a five-member committee to study current prison laws and regulations and to submit a complete proposal for the establishment of a new and modern legal framework for the operation of the prison system.

The cabinet was also briefed by Finance Minister Harris Georgiades on the final draft of the Memorandum of Understanding with the troika.

A new cabinet website was also put into operation yesterday, it was announced.

The website aims to fully inform the public about decisions taken by the cabinet, providing more transparency into government policy.

Visitors to the site will be able to read and print every single cabinet decision which has been uploaded.

Important information requested from the relevant ministries, departments and services, particularly on issues related to extracts from cabinet meetings will be found posted on the website.

The address is:

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