On Thursday, the meeting of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications with EOA Presidents

With the aim of the immediate and smooth functioning of the Provincial Self-Governing Organizations (EOAs), the Minister will have a meeting with the elected Presidents

17042024 YPES1 Presidents of EOA, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Interior
Minister of the Interior - Temporary Coordinating Council EOA of Nicosia Nicosia City Hall, Nicosia, Cyprus The Minister of the Interior Mr. Konstantinos Ioannou in a meeting with the Temporary Coordinating Council of the Nicosia Provincial Organization on the course of implementation of the Local Government reform. // Interior Minister – Provisional Coordinating Council of Lefkosia District Self-Government Organization Lefkosia Municipality, Lefkosia, Cyprus The Minister of Interior, Mr Konstantinos Ioannou, in a meeting with the Provisional Coordinating Council of Lefkosia District Self-Government Organization to discuss the implementation course of the reform of Local Authorities.

With the aim of the immediate and smooth operation of the Provincial Self-Governing Organizations (EOAs), the Minister of Interior, Konstantinos Ioannou, will have a meeting with the elected Presidents of the EOAs, next Thursday, June 13.

As sources from the Ministry of the Interior told KYPE, the Ministry has already proceeded with a series of actions for the smoothest possible transition and operation of the new EOA institutions, which bring together large areas of service provision, such as licensing, water supply and drains.

In particular, for the licensing pillar, personnel from three different Services/bodies and therefore three different cultures are transferred to the newly established Organization: from the Provincial Offices of the Department of Urban Planning, the Provincial Administrations and the Municipalities. Difficulties are expected under such circumstances, however Ministry sources note that the best possible preparation has been made and the Ministry of Interior is on constant alert to resolve possible obstacles that may arise.

In particular, citizens and professionals were informed through ETEK, such as civil engineers, architects, researchers, and others since October, that services related to urban planning applications will be suspended for approximately two weeks. At the same time, the moving process started on time.

Specifically, as already announced, on Friday, June 14, 2024, at 3 p.m., the receipt of urban planning applications (physical files) from the Receiving Offices of the District Offices of the Department of Urban Planning and Housing will end, as well as the possibility of electronic submission of urban planning applications through the "IPPODAMOS" system.

The "IPPODAMOS" system will be suspended from Monday, June 17, 2024 until Sunday, June 30, 2024, for the purposes of transition from the old registration system, of all urban planning applications to the "IPPODAMOS" system, in the five Provincial Self-Governing Organizations.

On Friday, June 14, 2024, the work of the Public Service Centers of the Department of Urban Planning and Housing will end. From Monday, June 17, 2024 until Friday, June 28, 2024, the District Offices of the Department of Town Planning and Housing will be closed to the public.

Training, staff transfer and process simplification

A number of meetings were also held for a smooth transition and to maximize the degree of readiness, while there were special education and training programs for both professional curators and technocrats.

A special manual was also created, so that all Organizations operate with the same standards and parameters/procedures.

There was also a simplification of procedures with the gradual implementation of 22 measures decided in consultation with ETEK and aimed at speeding up the licensing process and creating a more flexible licensing framework for land development.

The existing staff dealing with licensing in the Municipalities, District Town Planning Offices and District Administrations were also transferred to continue to manage their pending cases. At the same time, their know-how was also transferred, so that the area of ​​licensing was gradually set up in the EOAs until the Organizations announced positions on the basis of the organizational charts. A total of approximately 330 people will be transferred to the EOAs.

Since last February, 85 more Fixed-Term Workers have also been recruited, increasing the human resources of the organizations by approximately 30%. The people recruited have already received training and have been placed with existing planning authorities to help process pending applications. As a result, within these first four months of 2024, more applications were processed in the District Offices of the Department of Town Planning than received, which means that in addition to new applications, pending ones are also being examined and completed.

A total of 35.000 applications are pending (25.000 come from Municipalities and less than 10.000 from Urban Planning). Based on sources from the Ministry of the Interior, these are not new applications or the volume of work that arose due to the reform, but applications that were pending anyway and the aim is that with the new process they will be examined faster and more efficiently.

At the same time, there was an adaptation of the Ippodamos Information System to the new data.