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Register your babies or pay a €30 fine

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TO avoid late registration penalties, parents need to register their newborn babies within 15 days from the day of birth, the Interior ministry said in an announcement yesterday.

The ministry issued a clarification on the rules for the registration of newborns after receiving several complaints from disgruntled members of the public who were asked to pay fines for late registration.

After 15 days and for up to three months, the announcement said, there is a €30 fine and for registrations that take place after three months, the fine rises to €150.

The announcement was deemed necessary “because it was observed that in some cases, lack of knowledge on behalf of the citizens resulted in misunderstandings concerning the penalties”.

“The amendment was announced in the government gazette as soon as it was voted and all district offices as well as hospitals and clinics were informed about the change,” the Interior ministry’s spokesman Michalakis Christodoulides told the Cyprus Mail.

“Interior minister Socratis Hasikos gave instructions to the relevant services to look into the possibility of a new law amendment to reduce the penalties, if possible. At the moment however, the aforementioned penalties apply according to law,” the announcement said.

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