Making North Cyprus Better (MNCB)
News Update 25th April 2014
The following has been received from Making North Cyprus Better (MNCB) and we are sharing this news with our readers so they have a better understanding of the discussions that have taken place between MNCB and the TRNC Government and the progress that has been achieved to date.
Rapid Progress on Consultation with MNCB
Proposals on Residency. Property & Contract Law.
MNCB would like to express appreciation to all members of HBPG, STBM, BRS, ATA, TFR and others who have expressed support for these efforts to bring North Cyprus Processes in line with international standards. The combined support has been invaluable in helping us make the progress to date.
In addition to direct email and press releases, in the interests of good communication, we will be pleased if groups will circulate this latest briefing to their members who have an interest in Residency, Property & Legal matters.
As part of ongoing engagements with key Governments figures, discussions between MNCB have moved on this week with further consultations involving the Task Force and the Prime Minister’s Office. The issues being progressed are the culmination of three years of campaigning much of it below the Radar..
The proposals now being put into final draft, will be put before representatives of the Bar and Attorney General’s Office before presenting the completed version to the Prime Minister, with a recommendation for submission to the Council of Ministers with a view to early enactment.
Proposals now include issuing a white card to permanent Residents which will entitle them to all benefits of Citizenship other than voting.
The qualification details have yet to be finalised but will include 5 years Residency stamps plus income and investment in property and/or bank deposit qualification. It is currently proposed that after a short qualifying period, Medical tests for European Residents will be abolished. Different conditions will apply to work permits.
Permission to Purchase
It is proposed that discussions will take place between the Prime Minister’s Office and top Military authorities with a view to removing property ownership restrictions other than those bordering on the Green Line.
Property Law Amendment
Proposals are being made to amend the Property Law 11/78 to make it quite clear that stealth Mortgages are illegal, mortgages only cover what is expressly stated and that purchasers rights are fully protected by contract.
A Specific Performance amendment is proposed to make performance of contracted conditions mandatory.
One Stop Help Shop
Following on from the speech of Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Ozdil Nami, the Interior Minister is also considering proposals about introducing bilingual help desks to help expatriates with North Cyprus procedures.
Progress continues with the aim of introducing these changes over the next few months. There are still some questions which need resolving with regard to legal issues relating to how retroactive certain measures can be.
We all know that nothing is certain until it happens but recent moves are the most encouraging to date. We are keeping our fingers crossed for tangible measures to be announced shortly.
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Joint Secretaries MNCB
For the clarification of our readers the following organisations were refered to in the first paragraph of this news briefing.
HBPG – Home Buyers Pressure Group.
STBM – Stop The Blackmail Movement.
BRS – British Residents Society.
ATA – Anglo Turkish Association.
TFR – The Foreign Residents in the TRNC.