Despite repeated pledges and election promises, it seems the Nicos Anastasiades administration has failed to put a dent in public sector bureaucracy, which costs taxpayers between €300m and €500m per year, MPs heard on Tuesday.
“Unfortunately, despite the many years of discussions, the (House commerce) committee found that very little has been done towards the simplification of procedures in the ministries, in the public sector,” committee chairman Disy MP Andreas Kyprianou said. “Public inconvenience continues along with the huge cost on the growth of this country.”
Kyprianou said the committee has asked to be kept abreast of efforts to improve the situation.
Main opposition Akel MP Costas Costa said the public was often put through complex and time-consuming procedures and foreign investment was lost because of complicated and fractured permit procedures.
“The business evaluation centre, which had to be up and running three years ago has not yet operated,” he said.
Two studies aimed at cutting bureaucracy had been sent to the ministries to act on but six years later very little has been done, Costa said.
Diko MP Angelos Votsis said some efforts were being made but the work to monitor them has all but been abandoned after Constantinos Petrides, who had been responsible for the reforms, was appointed interior minister.