In today’s episode, over €30 million in pandemic support was disbursed to almost 5,000 beneficiaries who did not qualify, and no effort has been made to recover the money, MPs heard on Thursday.

Elsewhere, by a nearly unanimous vote, and under the watchful eye of Brussels, parliament on Thursday passed a law allowing for a reduced VAT rate of 5 per cent levied on first homes.

Also, a trial for two Greek Cypriot suspects that beat 25-year-old Turkish Cypriot Asya Karaali last weekend in Ayia Napa is set to start on July 6.

All this and much more in the Daily News Briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.

All this and more in the Cyprus Beat briefing brought to you by the Cyprus Mail.