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Water sports operators out in protest

The Water Sports Association was on Monday protesting over the ongoing saga against the tender bids in Ayia Napa.

Standing outside the town hall, the association said they would escalate measures to even possibly shut down all water sports spots across the island.

The issue stems from a debate between parliament approved regulations which clashes with an EU directive.

Last year Interior Minister Socratis Hasikos urged municipalities – which issues the tenders – to sideline the regulations which call for bidders to have five years of experience in the specific area.

As this stifles competition allowing the same people to operate the spots, the minister said this clashed with EU directives and said the tender rules should be three years of experience from anywhere across the EU.

Ayia Napa mayor Yiannis Karousos followed Hasikos’ advice which resulted in him being on the receiving end of accusations from the association that he was harming the “smooth operation of tourism services.”

He hit back saying the association was conspiring to make sure there was no competition for the tenders.

On Monday, the association said the mayor “wrongly interpreted the legislation, the regulations and the guidelines of the beaches central committee.”

It went on to say they exerted “superhuman efforts” and “exhausted all possibilities” to find a solution with the mayor.


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