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Process of planning and building permits to be overhauled

Austrian experts have looked into the chaotic process of getting planning and building permits in Cyprus and proposed the setting up of a unified central authority, Phileleftheros reported on Tuesday.

“The Austrians, members of the EU Support Group for Cyprus, were asked from the Interior Ministry to look into the complicated and out-dated way permits have been granted and to propose legal and other measures to be taken,” an informed source said.

“The proposed central authority will be issuing ‘two in one’ permits in a bid to get rid of unnecessary red tape and minimise the number of  departments dealing with permits,” added the source.

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If the proposals are applied, the inconvenience of applicants will get minimized and so will be overall permit costs while enabling the state to apply a more correct inspection.

The specialized study was under the umbrella of the European Integration Organisation and Economic Development of the Finance Ministry of Austria

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