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Discussion on local authority reform kicks off

Parliament on Thursday kicked off discussion of bills aimed at reforming local authorities, an effort that started years ago but never seen through.

House Interior Committee chairman, AKEL MP, Yinnos Lamaris said there were different approaches on the matter.

“The form of changes concerns clustering of services, creating district councils that will take over a series of powers, like sewerage and water boards, which are scattered today,” Lamaris said.

The legislation regulates local councils and municipalities and the same would apply for communities in an effort to join them together at a later stage.

Lamaris said clustering meant a reduction in the number of local authorities.

He added that if it got to the point to join local authorities then it meant some would be abolished and united with others.

DISY MP Andreas Kyprianou said it was a difficult and complex bill, though everyone agreed that reform was necessary.

The aim, he said, would be the viability of local authorities through economies of scale and better, simpler procedures that would cut down on red tape.

Green Party MP Giorgos Perdikis said clustering services would be the best solution under the circumstances.

“It is not a good idea to moot the abolition of municipalities at the moment,” he said. “It does not help the dialogue, it does not help achieving consensus.


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