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Friday 10th July 2020

Staff Reporter

Swiss Franc loan nullified following ECJ ruling

A legal test case resulted in a Swiss Franc loan being declared null and void by the Warsaw District court on Friday, leaving the banks in Poland open to losses estimated at €10.2 billion.

New criteria for passport scheme

New criteria for those wishing to obtain a Cyprus passport through the much criticised citizenship by investment scheme will come into force next week and will include due diligence checks on applicants.

MPs say no to foreclosures veto

Cyprus MPs have voted to reject President Nicos Anastasiades' veto on changes to the foreclosures legislation designed to freeze repossessions of primary residences until October.

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.

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.

Larnaca new high-rise tower projects

In Larnaca, some 20 – 30 high-rise residential developments and hotels ranging from 10 to 30 stories are in the pipeline with construction expected to begin over the coming years.

Cyprus NPL ratio second highest in EU

The Cyprus banks have the second highest Non-Performing Loan (NPL) ratio in the European Union after Greece, according to the European Banking Authority (EBA) 'Risk Dashboard'.

EDEK wants to freeze all repossessions

Political party 'Movement of Social Democracy' (EDEK) is planning to table proposals to freeze all repossessions by the banks as an extra safeguard for vulnerable homeowners who won't be covered 'Estia'.

Delay vote on foreclosure law changes MPs urged

The Finance Minister and the banking industry have urged MPs to delay voting on changes to foreclosure law at least until we have a picture on whether the Estia debt relief scheme delivers.

Help for some Pissouri landslide victims

The Cyprus Government has promised to provide some financial assistance to a number of Pissouri landslide victims, which is currently affecting about one million square metres southwest of the village centre.

Rush for Cypriot passports before rules tighten

Foreigners are rushing to acquire Cypriot passports via the citizenship-by-investment scheme before the rules are tightened on 15th May according to a report in the Greek daily Phileleftheros.

Probe into sharp rent rises

The House Interior Committee is to look into the sharp rises in rents amid reports of a family has been made homeless because rents are too expensive and another evicted so the landlord could triple the rent.

Paphos marina delayed as Pafilia withdraws interest

It seems that the construction of the long-anticipated Paphos marina will be delayed following Pafilia's decision to withdraw its interest in a tender to design, build and operate the marina.

Larnaca marina plans on track

The competition process to develop Larnaca marina and port are back on track and the tender documents will be delivered today (Friday) after the Transport Ministry rebutted claims that the project was beset by legal complications.

Paphos high-rise resort gets off the ground

The town planning department has approved building permit to construct two 12-storey high-rise buildings and 122 apartments at Geroskipou in Paphos as part of the Peninsula Resort project.

No tax on mortgaged property sales

Those selling their mortgaged property in Cyprus to reduce or repay their mortgage debt will be exempt from paying capital gains, income tax, special defence contributions, as well as stamp duty and transfer fees.

Passports scheme could bring Dutch disease

The Fiscal Council has warned that overreliance on the Passports for Cash Scheme aka Citizenship by Investment Scheme aka Golden Visa Program could bring 'Dutch disease' to Cyprus.

Rent scam suspects detained in Limassol

Two suspects in Limassol have been remanded in custody for four days on suspicion of operating a rent scam following complaints from tenants who'd been paying €800/month for the last four months.

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Cyprus’ largest ever housing project will help low-income families

Limassol municipality and the Land Development Corporation (KOAG) reached an official agreement on Thursday regarding the establishment of the largest housing project ever undertaken in Cyprus, worth €100 million.

Corrupt lawyers continue to plunder estates

Corrupt lawyersin Cyprus continue to plunder the estates of their deceased clients by calculating their fees for administering estates on the Cyprus Bar Association's 'Minimum Fee Regulations', which were abolished in 2018

Cyprus house price index up 2.5 per cent

The Cyprus house price index rose by an average of 2.5 per cent in the first quarter of 2020 compared to the previous quarter according to official figures from the Cyprus Statistical Service (CYSTAT)

MPs commit to expedite citizenship bills

MPs have committed to expediting the bills and regulations aimed at improving the transparency of the citizenship-by-investment programme, so that the items can be voted on before the House breaks for the summer recess.