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Cabinet focuses on public sector reform

Reform bills aim to improve efficiency in the public sector

Public service reform was one of the major issues discussed by the Cabinet on Wednesday, a day after parliament referred seven government bills aimed at reforming the sector back to the Legal Service.

The move by parliament, in order to establish whether they contain any unconstitutional provisions, means discussion at committee level cannot resume until September at the earliest, as the legislature closes for the summer break this week.

“Reform of the public service seriously preoccupied the Council of Ministers today which was fully informed of the developments on the issues that have recently arisen in parliament,” said Constantinos Petridis, deputy minister to the president after the meeting.

“The government considers this an important reform, the completion of which affects the international credibility of our country, and our effort to upgrade the investment sector. We believe we do not have the right to return to our old ways.”

He said the government had concerns about some of the positions expressed in the House and had put their queries to the attorney-general so that the reform effort could be concluded in August.

Petridis said the cabinet totally agreed with the attorney-general that an effective Legal Service should be established in the House to provide legal certainty to bills tabled by the House and opinions on the proposals submitted by the government itself.

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