Stricter anti-smoking bill with harsher punishments in Cyprus soon

The new bill which will be presented to the parliament for voting as soon as next week introduces new restrictions restaurants and entertainment establishments. Establishments are now longer allowed to designate smoking areas, even if they have the necessary ventilation, or they are not adjacent to areas for non-smokers. The new law will also ban […]

Cyprus farming in danger from disease outbreak in occupied areas

Cyprus dairy and farming industries are in great danger if the Lumpy Skin Disease which has been confirmed to be spreading in cattle in the occupied North jumps to the government controlled areas. The European Community authorities are taking very strict measures for this disease, which so far had no cases in the EU. Experts […]

Cyprus Digital Strategy Approved by Cabinet

Yesterday the plan for Cyprus’s Digital Strategy has been approved by the Cabinet. The plan covers 3 years starting with 2015 and its part of the wider plan to restructure the economy and create new jobs. 75% of the implementation costs will come from EU funds. The objectives of the plan include: Modernisation of the […]

Is our police force suffering from obesity?

According to today’s issue of Phileleftheros newspaper 500 police officers are being tested to determine their fitness after the alarming results of the preliminary tests which showed that our Police Force is suffering from obesity. Following a memo sent out by the Chief of Police, officers are visiting the Cyprus Sports Research Centre for a […]

Medical Cannabis in Cyprus

Health Minister Petros Petrides clarified the intention to promote the Anti-Drugs Council amendment of the legislation, to legalize the cultivation of industrial hemp for industrial purposes. The Minister explained that medical cannabis has been accepted for use in various countries and is administered under medical advice, to relieve the symptoms of multiple sclerosis and other […]

No environmental or health concerns from the naval base explosion

The Health Minister, Christos Patsalides, assured yesterday the Parliamentary Committee on Health & Environment that there is no reason for concern at the moment for any effects on human health or the environment from the explosion at Mari. Mr Patsalides stated that he holds a list of the explosives which were stored in the containers […]