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Paralimni municipality threatened with expulsion unless it pays union fees

Union Of Municipalities
Union of Municipalities

Paralimni will be expelled from the union of municipalities unless they comply with the articles of association and pay their annual subscription fees by the end of this year, it emerged on Friday.

The decision was taken during a meeting of the union on Thursday, in the presence of Paralimni’s mayor Theodoros Pirillis, who is also a member of the board.

The municipality owes the union €100,000 in subscription fees.

The municipality had refused to pay the full amount of their assigned subscription fees, which are calculated based on the income of the previous year.

Paralimni’s mayor had suggested amending the articles of association to calculate the subscription fees based on the amount of funding each municipality receives.

This proposal was rejected at the annual meeting of the union last Tuesday.

“For us, this is a matter of principle,” Pirillis told the Cyprus Mail. “Some people are benefiting on the backs of others.”

According to Pirillis, other municipalities receive higher funding and pay a smaller subscription fee.

“We believe our suggestion was fair,” he said, as the annual income of each municipality is not the only factor to determine their overall robustness.

He added they are “awaiting for the union’s decision” which is expected to send them the conclusions of the recent meeting in writing within the day.

The municipality has been told it will be expelled on January 1, 2021, unless they accept what they owe to the union and make arrangements as to the payment.


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