The Cypriot Parliament Plenary on Thursday voted in favor of three bills adopting the reform of Local Government reducing the number of Municipalities throughout the government-controlled areas to 20.
The district of Nicosia will have five Municipalities, Limassol four, Larnaca five, four in Pafos and two in Famagusta. Below is the new grouping of municipalities.
-Nicosia -Engomi - Agios Dometios
-Strovolos -Latsia Geri
-Tseri - Lakatamia - Anthoupoli
-South Nicosia - Idaliou
-Limassol - Mesa Geitonia - Tserkezi
- West Limassol - Ypsonas - Akrotiri - Asomato - Episkopi - Erimi - Kantou - Kolossi - Sotira Limassol - Trachoni.
- Polemidia - Upper and Lower Polemidia
- East Limassol - Agios Athanasios - Germasogia - Agios Tychonas - Akrounta - Mathikoloni - Moutagiaka - Finikaria - Armenochori
-Larnaca - Livadia - Oroklini
- Troullous Kelia -Dromolaxia - Meneou - Kiti - Tersefanou - Pervolia
-Athienou - Avdelero
-Lefkaron - Vavla - Delikipos - Kato Lefkara - Kornos
-East Paphos - Geroskipou - Agia Marinouda - Achelia - Konia - Timi
-Western Paphos - Pegeia - Akoursos - Inia - Kathikas - Pano and Kato Arodes - Kissonergas
-Polis Chrysochous together with the communities of Agia Marina - Andaroli Drousia - Kritou Tera - Makounta - Nea Chorio - Nea Dimata - Pelathousa - Pomos - Chrysochou and Tera.
- Paralimni - Deryneia - Frenaros - Acheritou
- Ayia Napa - Sotira - Liopetri - Avgorou - Achnas
The Municipalities law was passed by 52 votes in favor, with the four MPs of the Social Democrats (EDEK) voting against, while the Communities and District Council laws were passed unanimously.
The Plenary approved an amendment tabled by the ruling Democratic Rally (DISY) against local referendums.
The bills improve the legal framework and the coordination of the local government in Cyprus.
In a post on Twitter, the President of the Republic welcomed the adoption of the local authorities reform and spoke of a "historic reform."
"The Municipalities` self-sufficiency and economic sustainability safeguard the quality of services to all citizens,” President Anastasiades said.
Interior Minister Nicos Nouris, who was present during the parliamentary debate, hailed the adoption of the reform which came following “a ten-year arduous process.” He noted that the implementation of the reform will not be easy.
The new framework will be implemented by 2024.