Cyprus Mail

Bill sees reduction of electromagnetic emissions

The Greens' George Perdikis

The House Labour Committee discussed a draft bill on Tuesday put forward by Green Party head Giorgos Perdikis to limit the public’s exposure to electromagnetic frequencies.

After the meeting, committee chairman Andreas Fakontis said there are 1,300 radio and mobile phone towers and TV masts around Cyprus and that only half of those are licenced.

Fakontis said that there is concern among the public over the health effects of being exposed to these frequencies.

“For us, and the committee, the public’s health is above all else, especially the health of children, who are vulnerable,” he said.

He added that the current law has been in place since 2006 and that it needs to be updated, and that measures need to be put in place to protect the public.

The committee requested that the health ministry and the State Electric Service to look into the matter, and how exposure to electromagnetic frequencies is dealt with in other European countries.

According to Fakontis, the State Electric Service said that if the frequencies are reduced than there would have to be an increase in the number of towers.

Discussion on the matter will continue.