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Cyprus Community Councils

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Information on Cyprus Community Councils


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The functions of communities are generally similar to those of municipalities, although structurally different. The residents of the community elect the President of the Community and the Community Council for a five-year term. With the exception of some communities, which are financially better off, the Government provides essential administrative and technical assistance as well as most of the necessary services to most communities, through its District Offices. The revenue of Communities consists of state subsidies as well as taxes and fees collected from the residents of the area.

The Community Councils are responsible for the provision of community services, water supply, and the regulation of professional practices.

In exercising their competencies, the Councils enjoy a degree of independence, but as Local Authorities which exercise their competency in accordance to the relevant Law, they are normally subject to legal scrutiny and control by Government bodies, and to control in serious matters, such as the compulsory acquisition of real estate for municipal purposes and the signing of long-term agreements exceeding five years.

Despite the broad range of competencies invested to Community Councils by the Communities Law adopted in 1999, the strategic goal of the Government is to broaden further these competencies and at the same time the economic self-sufficiency of Community Councils, so that they can respond in a timely and effective manner to the contemporary needs of the rural population.

Until the fulfilment of the goal of the economic independence of the Community Councils, the Government supplements their revenue with various subsidies and primarily with a contribution to development projects, which ranges between 70 – 100 %.PIO

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