Undersecretariats for tourism and development in Cyprus yet to come into existence

Published on : Saturday, December 16, 2017

indexIn Cyprus, bills for creating two new undersecretariats for tourism and development have a long way to go until they are brought into use. They are to be discussed at the House finance committee.


The bills will be discussed in parliament when it resumes after the presidential elections.
Opposition parties have been vocal opponents of the creation of the undersecretariats, particularly one for tourism that the cabinet approved in October last year.


The bill provides for most of the Cyprus Tourism Organisation’s responsibilities to be gradually transformed to an undersecretariat for tourism. The sub-ministry would be headed by an under-secretary for tourism, and without a board of directors, to avoid overlap with the CTO.


Although the MPs had discussed an amendment to the state budget for 2018 that would scrap the funds for creating the two undersecretariats, deputies on Wednesday voted against it.

MPs did, however, vote in favour of withdrawing funds for creating the position of general secretary for both sub-ministries. The energy ministry spokesperson, however, said this was pointless to discuss as the bill on actually creating the undersecretariats had not even been voted through.


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