The government of Cyprus will announce its development plan for the Troodos mountain communities in September, President Nicos Anastasiades has said.
Addressing on Thursday evening the “1st Festival of Friendship and Culture, Christos Lazaris”, in Vassa Kilaniou village, the President also announced the government’s intention to make good use of the buildings of the Co-operative Banks to the benefit of the communities, for example by housing cultural centres or community councils. The operations of the state-owned Cyprus Co-operative Bank are to be transferred to Hellenic Bank.
“I would like to assure you that the Government’s interest is particularly strong regarding mountain communities, small communities,” he said.
In September, he added, “we will be in a position to announce the development plan for the Troodos mountain communities”.
He said that through various infrastructure projects, the government wants to underline its interest in the revitalization of abandoned communities.
Concluding, he made special reference to Chris Lazaris, in whose memory the festival was held.