The Cypriot Parliament has adopted a number of important innovations that will affect the lives of ordinary inhabitants of the island. We are talking about duties on cars, personal data and the National Solidarity Fund to support investors affected by the crisis of 2013. In addition, the Cabinet of Ministers voted for the new system of fines provided for violation of traffic rules.
New car duties.
On March 15, the House of Representatives passed a bill on new duties on cars, the so-called “exhaust gas tax”. The duty will be charged when buying a car and calculated on the basis of the amount of exhaust gases that the vehicle emits into the atmosphere. 41 deputies voted in favor, five were against, two abstained.
The purpose of the new legislation is to promote the acquisition of modern green cars. Parliament also approved zero excise tax on vehicles. According to the bill, car owners of Euro 5a and Euro 5b categories (this category covers cars manufactured from September 2009 to August 2014) that run on diesel fuel will pay 50 euros, while for vehicles of the same type that use gasoline , it will not be necessary to pay excise tax at all. Cars classified as Euro 4 (released from 2005 to 2009) will be charged a fee of 300 euros if they run on gasoline, and 600 euros for a diesel-powered car. Charges for vehicles older than 2005 will be calculated at the same rates.
Modern cars of category Euro 6 (from 2014 to 2018), both gasoline and diesel, excise tax will not be charged.
New law on personal data.
Parliament adopted a new law on personal data. The aim of the bill was to harmonize national legislation with Directive (EC) 2016/680 of the European Parliament and of the Council of April 27, 2016 “On the protection of individuals in relation to the processing of personal data by the competent authorities in order to prevent, investigate, detect or prosecute criminal offenses or execute criminal penalties, and on the free movement of such data. ”
The purpose of the directive, on the one hand, is to facilitate access to personal data by the competent authorities (police, customs and tax services) for the purposes of prevention, investigation and prosecution of criminal offenses, including crimes against public order, on the other hand – to strictly regulate and control such access.
The National Solidarity Fund will support affected investors.
Parliament passed a bill on the creation of a solidarity fund for investors and bondholders affected by the 2013 banking crisis. The bill was put forward by the Democratic Gathering Party (DISI) and the Democratic Party (DIKO), as well as the Solidarity Party, and includes two parts. The first concerns the modification and new definition of the activities, goals and principles of the National Solidarity Fund, and the second invites the state to transfer state property to the fund as compensation.
The head of the parliamentary finance committee, Angelos Votsis, stated that the government decided to allocate 103 million euros in compensation for property and transfer 55 million euros to the fund’s accounts.
RIK budget – for revision.
Parliament 24 votes to 17 rejected the budget of the Cyprus Broadcasting Company RIK for 2019. The budget did not pass a vote due to deputies of the ruling party DISI and the party DIKO. The head of the Democratic Gathering, Averof Neofitu, stated that “the channel began to broadcast” soap operas “.” At the same time, he said, the goal of the state was to make RIK a “Cypriot analogue of the Air Force,” that is, a channel that is trustworthy and promotes a positive image of the island. The head of DIKO, Nicholas Papadopoulos, told reporters that the company had problems with management and unwillingness to go for modernization.
RIK Director Andreas Frangos, commenting on the decision of the Parliament, said that the problems are better dealt with through dialogue, and that the new governing board of the state broadcaster hopes to present its proposals for remedying the situation in six months.
Cabinet of Ministers – for a significant increase in fines for violators of traffic rules
In the meantime, the Cabinet of Ministers voted for the new system of fines provided for violation of traffic rules. The Minister of Justice, Jonas Nicolaou, commenting on this decision, said that the state had exhausted all other ways to convey information to people about the importance of compliance with the traffic rules, and the time had come for tougher measures.
According to the new system of fines, speeding will now be punished with five euros for each km / hour exceeded (instead of 1 euro, as it was before). For using the phone while driving will be followed by a fine of 300 euros (instead of 85). Unfastened seat belt will cost 400 euros. The lack of a protective helmet for motorcyclists, travel to the red light and parking at a pedestrian crossing and at parking spaces intended for drivers with disabilities will be punished by a fine of 200 euros. The cases of drivers that provoked fatal accidents will be considered under the article “manslaughter”, the death penalty for which is life imprisonment. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can lead to the confiscation of the car.
“We have introduced a number of new types of offenses into legislation, such as speeding while intoxicated,” said Minister Nicolou. The bill will be sent to parliament for approval.