THE CABINET yesterday appointed senior state officials to head the currently headless semi-government organisations CyBC and CyTA, while approving substantial dividend payments from CyTA and the Ports Authority reaching over €45m.
Deputy government spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos said cabinet, chaired by House President Yiannakis Omirou, appointed finance ministry permanent secretary Christos Patsalides as chairman of the telecoms authority CyTA, following the resignation of Stathis Kittis.
Also, the communications ministry’s permanent secretary, Alecos Michaelides, was appointed head of state broadcaster CyBC after the resignation of Makis Symeou.
Asked whether the appointments are temporary, the spokesman said the new changes to the law allow the President to replace board members of semi-government organisations. If he decides to do so, this will come when the time is right, he added.
Papadopoulos said cabinet has yet to replace the other board members of both CyBC and CyTA who have resigned recently.
“Cabinet replaced the chairmen so that the two semi-government organisations could function,” he said.
In other decisions, cabinet approved a proposal by the justice minister to send members of the fire service, along with their Greek counterparts, to the UK for training on natural gas matters. The four-day training course will start at the end of the month and will cost around €35,000.
Ministers also approved the payment to the state of a dividend by CyTA reaching €30.6m.
Papadopoulos said the maximum that the telecoms company could pay to the state in dividends is €30.6m, which is roughly half of the surplus recorded by CyTA in 2012.
A €15m dividend payment to the state by the Ports Authority for 2012 was also approved, representing half of the authority’s surplus last year.