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Foreclosures row could end up in Supreme Court

President Anastasiades could refer the bills amending the foreclosures law to the Supreme Court following the Attorney General’s advice that they are unconstitutional if opposition MPs reject his veto.

Chinese investors moving beyond citizenship scheme

Although initially attracted to Cyprus by the ‘citizenship by investment’ scheme, a banking source has said that we are seeing a decline in one-off buys with east Asian investors now focussing on investments requiring financing.

More work needed on Ayia Napa marina

Although progress with the construction of the Ayia Napa marina is moving ahead as planned, it seems that more time may be needed to complete some of the infrastructure needed for the project.

Moody’s warns foreclosure law bad for banks

Moody’s rating agency has warned that changes to the foreclosure law will lengthen the time it takes for banks to foreclose on properties making it more difficult to reduce their NPLs.

Larnaca marina faces legal challenges

Legal action against the government’s decision to award contracts for the Larnaca marina and port to be developed by an Israeli consortium have been filed with the administrative court.

Foreclosure changes may have consequences

The Finance Minister has warned that Cyprus may face consequences over changes to the foreclosure legislation passed by parliament on Friday and has urged President Nicos Anastasiades to veto the bills.

Non-EU citizens residence permits

In 2017, Cyprus granted residence permits to 18,971 non-EU citizens, according to figures published by Eurostat on Monday, with the majority being granted to citizens of India and Russia.

Planning issues the victim has to pay

The amendments to the Trapped Buyers law approved by parliament will hopefully help many more property buyers get their Title Deeds, but planning issues require urgent attention.

Trapped buyers bill changes approved

The revised ‘trapped buyers’ bill designed to overcome the problems of the current law has been approved unanimously by MPs, but legal services have doubts that constitutional difficulties could not be resolved.

MPs freeze foreclosures despite warnings (update)

Despite MPs being warned that changing the foreclosures legislation would have negative repercussions on the banks and the economy, MPs have voted to change and suspend the legislation.

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