Head of Delegation
Mr Georgios GEORGIOU
List of Members
All CY Members are elected politicians representing local authorities (Municipalities and Community Councils). The Cyprus Delegation consists of six full Members and the same number of alternate Members. The Union of Cyprus Municipalities (UCM) office in Brussels coordinates the work of the Cyprus Delegation to the CoR.
Appointing of the CY Delegation
The six full Members and six alternate Members are appointed by the Council of Ministers. The current Delegation is composed by eight Representatives of Municipalities and four Presidents of Community Councils.
Organisation and promoting policy interests
The structure of the CY Delegation tries to ensure that all Members play a full and active part. The CY Delegation meets before plenary sessions to discuss issues and develop common positions. Twice a year, the entire Delegation, involving full and alternate Members, meets at the Union of Cyprus Municipalities' headquarters in Nicosia to draw up strategic issues.
Under an arrangement within the CY Delegation, alternate Members are actively involved in the work of the Delegation. As CoR grants each full Member two commission places and none to alternates, the CY Delegation ensures that alternate Members participate on a regular, rotational basis in the CoR Commissions works.
The secretariat to the CY Delegation is provided by the Union of Cyprus Municipalities (UCM) office in Brussels . The secretariat provides Members with information and briefings, assistance for attending meetings and promotes the work of the Delegation.
Local Authorities in Cyprus
Local authorities are elected every 5 years by direct universal suffrage under a system of proportional representation. There are two types of local authorities in Cyprus: Municipalities and Community Councils.
For further information on Cyprus ' local authorities, such as structure, function, responsibilities, please consult the Local Authorities in the Union of Cyprus Municipalities.
For the purpose of administration, Cyprus is divided into six districts. Each district is headed by a District Officer, who is a senior civil servant appointed by the Government as its local representative. The District Officer is the chief coordinator and liaison for the activities of all Ministries in the District and is accountable to the Ministry of Interior. The district Offices are not elected local or regional authorities, but are part of the civil service.