THE TEN mayors of the Nicosia district have begun discussing the merger of certain services, starting with rubbish collection, Engomi Mayor Zacharias Kyriakou said yesterday.
“One central municipality will provide the service to all,” Kyriakou said.
He added that mayors were to discuss the issue with the municipal councils and they had to respond by Easter, which is in April this year.
“We will have to wait and see how many municipalities will agree to this and then we will be able to proceed according to the PWC study, but I believe that almost all will agree,” Kyriakou said.
He added that the mayors also discussed proposed reforms on the basis of an Italian study commissioned by the Union of Cyprus Municipalities (UCM) last year.
“It provides for various reform actions on cooperation between municipalities like the merger of services” Kyriacou said.
He added that the decisions taken at the meeting would be forwarded to the UCM and taken into consideration for the bill being prepared on local government.
The present model under which local government operates was deemed unviable by a government-commissioned report. The UCM has prepared its own proposal for the reform of local authorities after rejecting the government plan for the creation of five municipalities, one in each district and bringing down the number of municipalities from 33 to five.