Vulnerable groups that have outstanding bills with the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) are being called to settle their debts by September 21 or their power will be cut off, the authority said on Monday.
The decision, taken by Energy Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis voids a move by the energy regulatory authority CERA on May 28 which said that electricity should not be cut off from vulnerable groups.
As of now, people are called to settle their debts or make an agreement with the EAC on paying in installments, the authority said.
People from vulnerable groups with serious health problems can submit an application the ministry requesting their electricity is not cut off for a maximum of 12 months.
This will be reviewed by a medical board.
Low-income pensioners aged over 75 and blind beneficiaries of state grants are also eligible to apply.
“An order will then be filed to the EAC through the energy ministry to not cut off supply for a maximum of 12 months” the EAC said.