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Cyprus is a unitary state composed of communities (koinotites) and municipalities (dimoi). 
488 communities (koinotites) and 39 municipalities (dimoi) (nine municipalities and 139 displaced communities, representing 37% of Cyprus’ territory, are operating under Turkish occupation).
There are two different types of local authorities in Cyprus: communities in rural areas and municipalities in urban and tourism areas.


The community council (koinotiko sumvoulio) is made up of members elected by direct universal suffrage for a five-year term. It acts as a legislative board adn comprises a president and a vice-president.


The municipal council (dimotiko sumvoulio) is the municipality's deliberative assembly and is made up of members elected by direct universal suffrage for a five years period. Its responsibilities include providing assistance and advising the mayor with respect to the execution of his/her duties. The municipal council also sets up different committees within the municipality, including the management committee responsible for preparing the budget and other ad-hoc committees that provide technical, cultural, environmental and personnel assistance.


The president (proedros) of the community is elected by direct universal suffrage for a period of five years and chairs the community council.


The mayor (dimarchos) is the municipality's executive head and is elected by direct universal suffrage for a five-year mandate. He/she represents the municipality in legal proceedings before any state authority. The mayor also supervises the municipal administration and chairs the municipal council.

A community may become a municipality by local referendum provided that it has a population of more than 5,000 or that it has sufficient economic resources to function as a municipality.

There has been an ongoing consultation with the central government to reform local self-government. Three bills of law have already been sent to the House of Parliament. The bills provide for the compulsory clustering of services between municipalities and/or communities in order to jointly promote various competences, policies

  • Urban planning
  • Protection of the environment
  • Water supply
  • Land development
  • Household refuse

CEMR in Cyprus

Union of Cyprus Municipalities
Acting Secretary General: Michalis SOCRATOUS 
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PO box 22033, 1516 Nicosia
Tel.: +357 22 445 170
Fax: +357 22 677 230
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