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Antonio Tajani, the European Commissioner for Enterprise & Industry, has replied to a question raised by Arlene McCarthy MEP concerning the licensing of swimming pools in Cyprus and legal proceedings taken by the authorities against some owners.

As  reported on 4th March, the authorities in Cyprus have taken legal proceedings against the owners of shared swimming pools in private development complexes because they failed to apply for a swimming pool licence.

In a written question to the European Commission MEP Arlene McCarthy highlighted the fact that Cypriot regulations are no longer applicable as they have been superseded by EU regulations and called on the Commission to ensure unfair legal proceedings against pool owners are halted and that the correct European standards are enforced.

On Wednesday, European Commissioner for Enterprise & Industry Antonio Tajani replied to Ms McCarthy’s question.

EN
E-001470/2011
Answer given by Mr Tajani
on behalf of the Commission
(23.3.2011)

The question concerns a conflict between national regulations and a European standard. The European Standard for swimming pools, EN 15288-2, appears to conflict with Cypriot law on swimming pools.

European standard EN 15288-2 was developed and adopted by the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN). Each CEN national member, which includes the national standardisation body of Cyprus, must implement the European standard by giving it the status of a national standard and withdrawing any conflicting national standard(s).

However, a CEN member may be confronted with the situation where it has to implement a European standard that does not comply with its national legislation. As the application of European standards is generally voluntary (unlike legislation), in these circumstances the CEN member is entitled to request a derogation from the mandatory replacement of the national standard by the European standard. This derogation is effected through the application of a so called ‘A-deviation’, to be included in the informative annex to the European standard.

It is not clear whether the national standardisation body of Cyprus has requested an A-deviation with respect to the European standard EN 15288-2. However, even if this was not the case, national legislation would prevail over the European standard in the event of conflict. In the absence of EU legislation applicable to the safety of swimming pools, the obligation to seek a swimming pool licence will have to be assessed by the Cypriot courts.

Further reading

Written question and answer to the European Commission E-001470/2011:  European Standard for swimming pools and its application in the municipality of Paphos

 

Credit Cyprus Property News

 

 

 

A new life in the Cypriot sunshine photo

 

Seven reasons to invest in Cyprus property and real estate

1, The Sunshine virtually every day:

With less than 20 days of predicted rainy weather, Cyprus is a far cry from England’s much cooler climate and something many British people find very attractive.

2, Property is up to 30% lower than in 2008

Now is the time for cash rich investors or people who did not over spend prior to 2008 to capitalise on the marked reduction in cost of property on Cyprus; Bargains are to be had on the Island and this has seen Britons thinking even more seriously about that move to Cyprus.

3, Cyprus economy less affected than much of Europe

Cyprus’s economy has seen a hit in tourism levels and its construction sector, which is to be expected, but as in recent news, Cyprus has been shrewd thinking about the future by starting to diversity its economy into exports, offshore oil and other sectors such as finance. Coupled with its inherently safe banking practices that minimises its banking sectors exposure to bad debt, Cyprus remains a strong economy and most would agree by and large well under control.

4, Excellent schools

Cyprus offers a wealth of good schools with state funded institutions providing good levels of education and also a growing number of private schools of an international flavour allowing for private education to world class standards for any British raising a family in Cyprus there educational options are fantastic for children.

5, Low Taxation

On a personal and business level Cyprus offers an exceptionally low level of taxation with corporation tax for business at 10% and personal tax at the same level but not kicking in until you have actually earned €19500 above €19500 tax starts to be paid at a pretty average 20% and raises in increments to a maximum tax threshold of 30%.

6,  Paphos marina development will be a jewel in the crown for the Eastern Mediterranean

Although things are somewhat in the air regarding this exciting development, when the dust settles and the building starts the end result will be one of the most impressive marina developments in Europe rivalling that of Monaco with space for 1000 yachts. This will leave the area around Peyia & Paphos & areas towards Coral Bay as serious real estate investment opportunities.

7, Excellent healthcare

As a European Union member Cyprus offers on par health services as the rest of the developed world with the Cypriot government giving top priority to its continued improvement, with an ageing population the Cypriot government has started to offer incentives to companies in order to bring in more advanced treatments and technology to maintain its record as providing a good quality health care for all.

If you want a better environment with year round sunshine and an escape from all the taxes and big brother attitudes of British governments, now is the time to start looking for those bargain buys with Cyprus Property for sale being a good investment. It is such a good place to invest and potentially relocate to from a broken Britain.

 

 

Interior Minister Neoclis Sylikiotis expects that licences for the golf courses at Fasouri and Limni will soon be authorised by the Town Planning Department

Cyprus Golf course

SPEAKING with InBusinessNews last week Cyprus Interior Minister Neoclis Sylikiotis was reported as saying that licenses for three more golf courses on the Island are close to being authorised by the Town Planning Department:

A course at Fasouri outside Limassol by Lanitis Farm Golf Ltd. This is planned to include an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Cabell Robinson, a country club, a residential quarter consisting of residential town houses and amenity parkland.

Two golf courses at Limni in Polis Chrysochous by Limni Resorts & GolfCourses Plc. This is planned to include a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course set in 2.9 million square metres of prime coastland, a 5-star hotel and spa, high quality residential units, sports facilities and other amenities.

In October 2009, the Executive Chairman of Cyprus Limni Resorts & GolfCourses Plc, Nicos Shacolas, Limni told StockWatch that works will start immediately as soon as the master plan is approved and that “Despite the economic crisis, the Company has secured the financing of the projects”.

 

Credit: .Cyprus Property News

 

 

 

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