Rule of Law in Cyprus: Self-criticism and constructive attitude are required

The European Commission issued on July 5 2023 the report on the Rule of Law in the Republic of Cyprus, which calls on our Republic to carry out reforms that are compliant and consistent with European Principles and standards. As can be seen from the references in the Report, Oxygono (NGO) contributed to highlighting fundamental problems for the Rule of Law during the process of submission of opinions.

In particular, our organisation contributed to highlighting the following issues: 

(a) The bill on the autonomy of the Legal Service, which has been tabled in Parliament, does not provide for a clear distinction between an advisory and prosecutorial role.

(b) There is no institutional counterweight regarding the review of the decisions of the Attorney General in cases of prosecution or non-prosecution. 

(c) There are still serious challenges regarding the effectiveness of the judiciary, especially regarding delays and the recruitment and evaluation of judges. 

(d) Further action is required to make progress on public consultations, implementation of legislation regulating lobbying, etc. 

As far as the evaluation of the report is concerned, first of all we must look at it through a lens of self-criticism, however without strong criticisms from either side. That was not the atmosphere at the meeting of the Committee on Institutions, on 12 July 2023, where the report's findings were discussed. Even if we were high in the transparency indicators, we should still seek to improve, especially now that we rank towards the last places. The fight against corruption is important, on the one hand because when there is meritocracy and transparency, it is well established in the literature that states prosper. On the other hand, in a rule of law there is social cohesion, fewer disputes, while our image abroad will be reliable. 

As mentioned in the summary of the chapter on Cyprus, some of the main recommendations recorded are the following:   

(a) strengthening the independence and accountability of the prosecution authority, inter alia by providing the possibility to review decisions of the Attorney General not to prosecute or to suspend proceedings, taking into account the European principles of independence and autonomy of the prosecution;   

(b) ensuring that the newly created Independent Anti-Corruption Authority has the financial resources, personnel and technical capabilities and resources to effectively fulfill its mandate;   

(c) adopting a framework for effective and timely stakeholder consultation on the legislative process, and ensuring its implementation.   

Regarding the progress that has been made in relation to the 2022 Report, it stands out that no progress was recorded in relation to the establishment of transparency rules for the assets of elected officials so that there is a regular and complete registration of the data that are fully and regularly confirmed. The debate on the matter will continue in Parliament in the Autumn. 

However, significant progress is being made in ensuring that reforms to the way judges of the Supreme Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court are appointed are in line with relevant European principles and the opinion of the Venice Commission. There is also some progress in reforming the composition of the Supreme Judicial Council and ensuring that it is consistent with the same principles. Some progress has still been made in improving the effectiveness of the investigation and adjudication of high-level corruption cases, including by strengthening the Office of the Attorney General and its financial independence.   

Some progress is also recorded in relation to strengthening regulations to improve the independence of public media, as well as improving the framework for public consultation in the legislative process. 

In our view, the most important issue raised in the Report is that of the absence of control mechanisms of the Attorney’s Office. Our suggestion is to immediately request technical assistance from the European Commission and the Council of Europe, as was rightly done during the justice reform process.  

Oxygono has set up a team of experts from Cyprus and abroad for further scientific analysis of the problems for the rule of law arising from the unchecked powers of the Attorney’s Office and investigation of the most ideal possible control mechanisms. The findings of this work will be presented, among other issues related to the rule of law, at the Cyprus Forum 2023, which will take place on 29 and 30 September.

As an organisation, we welcome all the reform efforts made so far that contribute to the realization of the goals for a real rule of law in Cyprus, such as judicial reform, the appointment of independent officers in the Anti-Corruption Authority and the legislative regulation of lobbying activity.   

By Dr. Nicolas Kyriakides (co-founder of Oxygono), Giorgos Isaias (Executive Director of Nomoplatform) and Michalis Tsangaridis (External Partner of Oxygono, Student of political and economic sciences at Princeton University)

Job Opportunity: Policy Officer

We are looking to recruit a Policy Officer to join our team at our offices in Nicosia.

You will work on a full-time basis as a member of a team. Work from home is possible, twice a week. You will participate in the organisation of events, the sound project management of EU-funded projects and contribute to the development of new projects.

Responsibilities include::
• Handle the preparation and submission of new proposals, written in Greek or in English and submitted under structural funds and/or European funding programmes.
• Coordinate project documentation, according to the needs of each programme.
• Manage and write content for the website and social media of Oxygono.
• Undertake the scheduling, agenda preparation and coordination of conferences and internal and external events e.g., Cyprus Forum.
• Assisting with special projects when necessary.

• University degree in Education, ICT/Technology, Social Sciences, Humanities, Business/Management, Economics, Energy, Environment and Health or related field.
• Master’s or PhD degree will be considered as an advantage.
• Relevant experience in a similar position.
• Experience with the European funding programmes.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills in Greek and English.
• Strong administrative and organisational skills.
• Ability to multi-task in a busy and demanding work environment.
• Ability to meet deadlines effectively and to handle multiple priorities concurrently.
• Able to work independently to complete assigned tasks/projects.
• Proven characteristics and skills such as leadership, teamship and strong communication ability, is considered to be a plus.

Interested candidates are requested to send their full CV by email to including the reference PO2023 no later than June 16, 2023. Only applications that fulfill the above requested qualifications will be considered. All applications will be treated in confidence.

Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Limassol Municipality

Oxygono and Limassol Municipality signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Tuesday, 15 November 2022. 

Oxygono's goal is to collaborate with the Limassol Municipality, among others, for the Cyprus Forum Cities, the largest local government conference in Cyprus, which will take place for the first time on 8 April 2023 in Limassol, in collaboration with the CUT.

We especially thank the Mayor of Limassol, Mr. Nicos Nicolaides and Annita Evgeniou of the Press and Communication Office of the Limassol Municipality for the positive response and help. 

European Citizen's Prize 2022 to the founder of Oxygono, Nicolas Kyriakides

The European Citizen's Prize 2022 for Cyprus was awarded to the founder of Oxygono, Mr. Nicolas Kyriakides, by the European Parliament for the projects Cyprus Forum and Nomoplatform.

In a small ceremony at the EU House in Nicosia, the MEP, Loucas Fourlas, member of the national selection committee presented the prize. The award ceremony took place in the presence of ambassadors of EU countries and officials of the Representation of the European Commission and the European Parliament Office in Cyprus. The official ceremony took place on the 8th of November 2022, at the European Parliament building, in Brussels, together with all the laureates, coming from all the Member States of the Union.  

The European Citizen's Prize was established in 2008 by the European Parliament as a reward for outstanding achievements by citizens, groups, associations or organisations whose actions have shown exceptional commitment to promoting better mutual understanding and closer integration among the citizens of the Member States or to facilitating cross-border or transnational cooperation within the EU. 

As Nicolas Kyriakides mentioned, “This award was given to Oxygono and its projects, the Cyprus Forum and Nomoplatform. Therefore, it is also awarded to all the people who have worked and are working on these projects. Oxygono was and will continue to be a revolutionary project, with the ultimate goal of creating a culture of political objectivity and ethics”.

Pictures from the ceremony in Cyprus and at the European Parliament in Brussels: 

Video clip from the ceremony at the European Parliament:

Just Look Up! Open discussion about Climate

Just Look Up! Open discussion about Climate


As part of the information campaign about the European Climate Pact, non-governmental organization Oxygono, as the Country Coordinator for the Pact in Cyprus, will host on 2 August an open discussion on climate change and the actions that can be undertaken through the Count Us In platform.

The discussion will take place at at the open-air Amphitheatre of Eleftheria Square at 20:00 and will be based on the well-known film Don’t Look Up that follows two low-level astronomers who must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet Earth.

The film is now streaming on Netflix and those interested can watch it to “prepare” for the discussion. Statements made by the cast and climate experts will be presented during the event to trigger a discussion.

The discussion will be moderated by Vlatka Katusic, one of the Ambassadors of the European Climate Pact, who is a researcher at the Circular Economy Research Center in Paris and Special Researcher in the Circular Economy Sector of the Circular Economy Alliance Limited based in Cyprus.

For more info

Thea Christoforou (Oxygono)

Kypros Savva (Ampersand)

Facebook event:

#MyWorldOurPlanet #EUClimatePact #Cyprus #JustLookUp #GreenDeal #ClimateChange #Oxygono


“Cyprus Forum: Cities 2040” – Coming in April 2023

“Cyprus Forum: Cities 2040” – Coming in April 2023

The President of the Board of Directors of Oxygono, Georgia Athanasiou, in her intervention on the show "Alpha Ενημέρωση", on Tuesday, July 05, 2022, announced the transformation of the 2040 series of discussions into "Cyprus Forum: Cities 2040". 

After 4 years and 14 discussions, the series of discussions 2040, aiming to shape a long-term vision for the four cities of Cyprus, but also the subsequent actions which are required in order to ensure that the ideas of every discussion will become reality and shape the policy, we have decived to focus all of our efforts on a single annual discussion, which will bear the name"Cyprus Forum: Cities 2040"and which will take place for the first time in April 2023.

More information will be announced soon on our website and Oxygono's social media. 

#CyprusForum #Cities2040 #Oxygono

Check the video here: 

«Γιατί χρειάζεται ο Χωροταξικός Σχεδιασμός σε ένα σύγχρονο ευρωπαϊκό κράτος;»

Την Πέμπτη 19 Μαΐου, πραγματοποιήθηκε το εργαστήρι με θέμα «Γιατί χρειάζεται ο Χωροταξικός Σχεδιασμός σε ένα σύγχρονο Ευρωπαϊκό κράτος;» μετά από πρωτοβουλία της Επιτροπής Ειδικότητας Πολεοδομίας-Χωροταξίας του ΕΤΕΚ και με τη στήριξη του πανεπιστήμιου Frederick.

Βασικός στόχος του εργαστηρίου αποτέλεσε η ανταλλαγή απόψεων και προβληματισμών σε ότι αφορά τη γενική χωροταξική πολιτική που πρέπει να υπάρχει ώστε να ενισχύεται και να ελέγχεται η ανάπτυξη της χώρας μας. Η ανάγκη για ένα καθολικό όραμα και σχεδιασμό επισημάνθηκε από τον πρόεδρο του ΕΤΕΚ ο οποίος σημείωσε πως ο σχεδιασμός χρειάζεται ώστε όλες οι πόλεις να ακολουθούν τις ίδιες ρυθμίσεις και πρακτικές. Κατά τις συζητήσεις, έμφαση δόθηκε στην ανάγκη για καθορισμό μίας καθολικής προσέγγισης που θα λαμβάνει διάφορες παραμέτρους υπόψιν, στην ανάγκη για περιορισμό της διάσπαρτης ανάπτυξης της χώρας ώστε να αντιμετωπιστούν οι διάφορες συγκρούσεις και ασυμβατότητες που αυτό προκαλεί και στην προστασία του περιβάλλοντος που θα πρέπει να τεθεί στον πυρήνα μίας χωροταξικής πολιτικής.

Το Oxygono, αναγνωρίζοντας την ανάγκη για μία αποτελεσματική χωροταξική πολιτική, συμμετείχε στο εργαστήρι με την τοποθέτηση του Δρ. Νικόλα Κυριακίδη, Αντιπρόεδρου του Διοικητικού Συμβουλίου του Oxygono. Στην τοποθέτηση του, ο Δρ. Κυριακίδης χαιρέτησε την πρωτοβουλία και την έναρξη της συζήτησης για ενιαία χωροταξική πολιτική και τόνισε πως πρόκειται για ένα ακόμα θέμα το οποίο πρέπει να προχωρήσει ώστε να μπορούμε να γίνουμε «κανονικό κράτος». Αναγνώρισε ότι υπάρχουν πρακτικές δυσκολίες για την εκπόνηση ενός χωροταξικού σχεδίου, όμως ανάφερε  ότι, με πολιτική βούληση και σωστή δημόσια διαβούλευση, μπορούν να λυθούν. Τέλος, είπε πως ένα χωροταξικό σχέδιο θα πρέπει να ανανεώνεται διαρκώς από μία διυπουργική επιτροπή ενώ η διαδικασία αυτή θα πρέπει να ελέγχεται από το Κοινοβούλιο.

To απόσπασμα από την ομιλία του Αντιπροέδρου του ΔΣ του Oxygono, Δρ. Νικόλα Κυριακίδη: 

Μπορείτε να παρακολουθήσετε το Εργαστήρι από την επίσημη ιστοσελίδα του ΕΤΕΚ πατώντας εδώ

Ideas Labs: Presentation of results at the first Democracry Forum

On Friday, May 6, 2022, the non-governmental organization Oxygono, in collaboration with the Centre for Social Innovation, presented at the first Democracy Forum in Cyprus which was organized by the Office of the Commissioner of The Citizen, Mr. Panagiotis Sentonas, the results from the Ideas Labs for Public Consultations.

The two organizations invite active citizens, who have views and suggestions on the reform of the Public Consultation process, to contact Oxygono and the CSI, for the formation of a working group, which will discuss and gather the proposals and submit them to the Parliament.

Contact details:


Center for Social Innovation:

IDAHOT+ Forum 2022

IDAHOT+ 2022 returns for another year to Cyprus, namely on 12 and 13 May in Limassol to celebrate the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia and to strengthen European cooperation on the equality policies defined by SOGIESC.

With the participation of European decision-makers, activists, as well as civil society organizations, the forum aims to take collective action to strengthen the rights of the LGBT+ community in Europe. A further goal of the event is the need for more awareness and understanding of LGBTI + policies between European Governments, International Government Organizations, International Civil Society Organizations, Businesses, Academics and key stakeholders.

Our organization stands in support of the effort as a supporter of the event in the session titled'The Benefits of LGBTI+ Inclusion in Businesses – D&I as a core element of ESG and CSR investment | Supported by Cyprus Forum’ and is committed to continue the discussion that will be developed in the session at this year's Cyprus Forum to be held on 29 and 30 September.

For more information, visit: