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The importance of the National Plan “Cyprus – Tomorrow” was praised on Saturday by the Government Spokesperson and Ministers of the Government, who attended a special project promotion event that took place in Nicosia.< /b>

In his statements to journalists, Government Spokesman Marios Pelekanos said that this is a project of historical importance for our country, a project made by Cypriots for Cypriots, which “constitutes the legacy, the bequest of the Anastasiades Government, a project which will help and contribute to our country evolving into a digital, green state”.

He added that it is a plan that began to be implemented from 2021 and its completion will come in 2026, while within this period a total of 130 investments and reforms will be implemented that concern all sectors of governance, whether it is health, sports or digital and the green transition, either education or employment.

He added that an amount of 4.4 billion euros consisting of European funds, but also of private investments will flow in during this period in our economy with many benefits for each individual Cypriot, regardless of which category or group of the population he belongs to”.

Mr. Pelekanos also said that the advance payment and the first installment have already been disbursed, “that is, we have implemented the milestone for the disbursement of these first two installments, as, along the way and until 2026, in any case we will have to fulfill the obligations us vis-a-vis the EU, i.e. to meet the terms and conditions that have been set. This requires cooperation between the executive and legislative authorities, but also the social partners, so that in time, within the deadlines that have been set, we fulfill and continue to fulfill all the prerequisites for the installments to be disbursed”.

“I am sure that all the parties and the new Government will fall on this issue, so that we can absorb even the last cent that belongs to us from these European funds”, he concluded.

The Minister of Health, Michalis Hatzipantela, said in his turn that “we should all feel proud of this plan, which will improve our daily lives and improve the state's infrastructure for generations to come”, while regarding the health sector in particular he stated that €74.1 million will be allocated for the creation of the new Makarios Hospital, dialysis units throughout Cyprus and e-health projects that will be implemented by December 2024 for all citizens.

“From it is up to us to implement these projects so that the next generations can enjoy these infrastructures”, emphasized Mr. Hatzipantela.

The “present” at the event was also given by the Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment, Kostas Kadis, who said that the plan concerns the recovery from the successive crises we have gone through, which should be done in a sustainable way and in a way that to satisfy the needs of our own generation, but also to think about the needs of the next ones.

According to Mr. Kadi, the Plan requires us to operate in an environmentally friendly way that respects the heritage we have and must hand over to future generations, with issues such as waste management, proper management and recycling water, the modernization of agriculture, blue development   and aquaculture to be included in projects of the Plan, while in total the Ministry of Agriculture must implement 19 projects, of which four are reforms and the others are either investment plans or investments in important development projects.

He also noted that given that we are in a region plagued by climate change, the goal set by the European Commission was that 37% of the Plan's budget should concern actions that directly or indirectly contribute to addressing climate change. “We have exceeded this percentage, with 43% of the budget   relating to projects related to dealing with climate change”, concluded Mr. Kadis.

The Deputy Minister of Social Welfare, Anastasia Anthousi, in her turn stated that “Cyprus – Tomorrow” is a Plan that the Anastasiades Government leaves as a legacy for the next generation, it is the culmination of the effort that has been made in the last ten years, despite the economic crisis despite the pandemic, and as a result the Government has already created a welfare state one and a half times larger in expenditure than what it received.

As for the Deputy Ministry of Social Welfare, he said that the ambition is through the Plan to support all vulnerable groups  by creating infrastructure that will emphasize the family and the child.

“The Deputy Ministry of Social Welfare, utilizing the possibilities of the Plan, will proceed with the creation of 25 nurseries, so as to increase children's access to care and education services from the earliest stage of their lives and, at the same time, to help parents, mainly women, to rejoin the labor market faster”, said Mrs. Anthousi.

Continuing, the Deputy Minister of Social Welfare pointed out that at the same time day care structures are being promoted both for adults with disabilities and for the elderly, adding that in parallel with the promotion of the foster care law, there is a provision to create new and modernized Children's Homes, so that each child who didn't have a chance to have his own space, to have a healthy environment to grow up.

“With the “Cyprus – Tomorrow” Plan, we can hope for an even better social state”, underlined the Deputy Minister, while referring to the projects that will be developed under the Plan by the Deputy Ministry of Social Welfare, Mrs. Anthousi noted that in total for 35 infrastructure projects, in which Local Self-Government Authorities and Non-Governmental Organizations will be able to participate, through the State Support Plan of the Deputy Ministry.

The Deputy Minister of Social Welfare finally referred to the Tuition and Feeding Subsidy Scheme for Children up to four years of age, which has already been implemented since this school year through the “Cyprus – Tomorrow” Scheme.

“More than 6,000 children have benefited and it is the first time that there is a collaboration between the private and public sectors regarding child care, with the participation of more than 320 providers,” said Ms. Anthousi, adding that with the subsidy up to 80% of schools for nurseries and kindergartens the purpose is to limit costs in the family budget and to give children the opportunity to join education and care services.

“We could not talk about the Cyprus of tomorrow and not to include the children who are the future of our country”, he concluded.

The Minister of Education, Sports and Youth Prodromos Prodromou stated that the Plan includes an important part for education, for the digital transition and for a green future, with total funds of almost €100 million.

Mr. Prodromou continued by saying that a series of investments are foreseen, such as new schools, two technical schools, the Special School of the Apostle Luke in Limassol, as well as a series of actions for the school of tomorrow.

“The plan is already in place to have around this time in a year 6,600 digital classrooms, i.e. all classrooms will be digitally equipped so that we can use digital technology in teaching every day”, said Mr. Prodromou, adding how the above is synchronized with the plan for the e-governance of schools, which is not in the Recovery Fund and foresees about 9 million to make all the classrooms digital, as well as another 25 million to make the communication between all the schools.

The “Cyprus – Tomorrow” Plan also provides support for elementary and high school children to acquire a tablet and a computer respectively, with additional support for vulnerable groups. “The goal is that this planning is really for all children”, emphasized the Minister of Education, adding that it is time for the school to adapt to the evolution of society and the needs of tomorrow.

He also mentioned that in The plan takes into account the new pedagogical directions, as well as the needs of families, and extends free pre-primary education within the next three years from the age of four, a move that will benefit 8 to 10 thousand children and their parents.

Source: www.reporter.com.cy

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