News Local IPAC starts operations in Cyprus to deal with asylum appeals

IPAC starts operations in Cyprus to deal with asylum appeals

The International Protection Administrative Court (IPAC)  started operations on June 18 as the new judicial authority competent for examining asylum appeals in Cyprus, Minister of the Interior Constantinos Petrides has said.

In statements on Wednesday after a meeting of the Council of Ministers, Petrides said that the Council decided that the refugee reviewing authority will not be accepting as of July 18 any more asylum applications, as these will now be processed by  the specialised new court (IPAC) that began operations on June 18.

The operations of the refugee reviewing authority will be suspended after it processes some 1,700 outstanding asylum applications.

Petrides said that “this is a very important measure and a significant reform for the EU as well, underlining the need for the Court to be able to operate effectively and deliver its decisions rapidly”.

Asked about the immigrants arriving to the government-controlled areas of the Republic from the Turkish occupied areas, the Minister said that the Foreign Ministry was in contact with the UN on the issue and discussions would be held with the UN High Commission for the Refugees on all issues after he returns from Brussels where he travelled later today.

He noted that the government has taken several steps and has held meetings on this issue, while it has also drafted an action plan.

Moreover, he recalled that EU Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos visited Cyprus twice to discuss this issue, at his own invitation.

Read more

https://in-cyprus.com/cameroonian-migrants-buy-smuggle-package-to-italy-end-up-in-cyprus/

Top Stories

164 new cases, one death announced on Thursday

The Health Ministry announced the death of one person due to COVID-19. This raises the death toll from the virus in Cyprus to 178,...

Where to get antigen rapid tests on Friday

The Health Ministry announced the following antigen rapid test sites for Friday, 22 January 2021: LIMASSOL Parking place Sklavenitis supermarket, Germasogia 08:30-16:30 Parking place Lidl supermarket, Limassol...

Alcohol consumption among Cypriot students high

Alcohol consumption among students has been reduced, the Cyprus National Addictions Authority ascertained on the basis of a European research, conducted every four years....

Earthquake measuring 5 felt all over Cyprus

An earthquake measuring 5 on the Richter scale occurred around 16:30 and was felt all over Cyprus. Due to the earthquake, the Parliament session that...

UK hits 5m vaccine doses as health minister defends scheduling change

British health minister Matt Hancock on Thursday (January 21) lamented another record daily number of COVID-19 deaths, but hailed the achievements of the UK's...

Taste

Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...

Mezedes

No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...