A return ticket by ferry from Limassol to Piraeus will cost about €130 per person without a car, deputy shipping minister Natasa Pilides said on Tues
Limassol-Piraeus ferry ticket to cost €130 return

Limassol-Piraeus ferry ticket to cost €130 return

Limassol-Piraeus ferry ticket to cost €130 return

Limassol-Piraeus ferry ticket to cost €130 return

Limassol-Piraeus ferry ticket to cost €130 return

Limassol-Piraeus ferry ticket to cost €130 return
Limassol-Piraeus ferry ticket to cost €130 return
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A return ticket by ferry from Limassol to Piraeus will cost about €130 per person without a car, deputy shipping minister Natasa Pilides said on Tuesday.

She was briefing the House Transport Committee on efforts to relaunch a ferry link between Cyprus and Greece some 20 years after it was suspended.

The target remains for the service to launch this summer, she added.

The government has already submitted to the European Commission a detailed proposal from Cyprus. A second communication has been held between the two sides to underline that the issue is pressing and a reply is expected soon, she added.

Once Nicosia receives the go-ahead it will  launch tenders so that the service can start in the summer.

Preparatory work has been carried out with the state aid commissioner and the state treasurer as regards the tender terms so that Cyprus is ready to launch bids, Pilides said.

Consultations have also been carried out with the Cyprus Shipping Council and the Union of Shipowners as well as companies from other countries and there is hope that bids will be submitted as there is interest from Cyprus, Greece and other EU countries.

A state grant will be given based on a pre-agreed sum and will be based on the company’s profits.  It is likely to be slightly above €5m.  A meeting will be held with the Transport Minister tomorrow to discuss the issue of cars.

Committee chairman Andreas Kyprianou said that the EU Commission appears to views Cyprus’ request positively.

There have long been calls for the restoration of a ferry link between the two countries that ceased in 2000. Previous efforts have stumbled on the problem of money, with feasibility studies indicating that such a link would not be financially viable.

But the deputy ministry carried out a  new feasibility study with the help of foreign consultants that was completed on August 5 and then submitted a thorough proposal to the European Commission for approval.

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Limassol-Piraeus ferry ticket to cost €130 return

Limassol police investigate 2 incidents of school violence

Limassol police investigate 2 incidents of school violence

An arrest warrant has been issued against a father who has reportedly hit a female pupil at the Episkopi Gymnasium (lower secondary school) in Limassol after she quarrelled with his daughter, philenews reports.

According to the police, the father went to the school to seek an explanation from his daughter’s schoolmates after she told him they got into a fight.

An arrest warrant was issued after one of the girls reported that the father hit her, resulting in the involvement of the police to investigate the incident.

The father has reportedly told authorities that he rebuked both students.

According to a witness, the student had attacked his daughter.

In a separate incident, police have arrested a teacher at Limassol’s Linopetra Gymnasium who is suspected of assaulting and causing actual bodily harm to a 3rd-grade male student.

GHS revenue €30m higher than anticipated, spending €50m lower

GHS revenue €30m higher than anticipated, spending €50m lower

The Health Insurance Organisation’s revenue from the general health system (GHS) is higher than anticipated, while spending is below that budgeted, the HIO senior official Angelos Tropis told the Cyprus News Agency on Tuesday.

The GHS was launched on June 1 last year but compulsory deductions on income started on March 1. From March 1 to October 31, the HIO had received €30m more than anticipated from GHD contributions and co-payments. Spending on the GHS from June 1 to the end of 2019 was €50m less the budgeted.

Tropis said that revenue from deductions from March 1 to October 31 was €330m while another €10m was collected from co-payments over the same period. Co-payments include visits to specialist doctors with the referral of a personal doctor which costs €6 and without which costs €25, as well as the purchase of medicine.

“We have a positive divergence in relation to the revenue projected in the actuarial study by Mercer which estimated we would collect around  €310m,” he said.

As regards expenditure, in the first seven months of the operation of the GHS (June 1 to end of 2019), expenditure totalled €230m which is below the €280m budgeted (€40m a month) because the number of doctors who had signed up in the first few months was lower than the current number.

Tropis said that preparations are underway for an increase in GHS contributions in March  in view of the full implementation of the scheme to cover also in-hospital care. The total budget is €1b a year or some €80 m a year,

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