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Factsheet for measure CY-2022-17/2333 – measures in Cyprus

Temporary accommodation of refugees from Ukraine in hotels and organized apartments

Διαγωνισμός για την εξασφάλιση υπηρεσιών προσωρινής φιλοξενίας σε ξενοδοχεία και οργανωμένα διαμερίσματα της επαρχίας Αμμοχώστου και του Διαμερίσματος Πόλης Χρυσοχούς και Τηλληρίας, προσφύγων από την Ουκρανία

Country Cyprus , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 22 April 2022 – 04 March 2023
Context War in Ukraine
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Keeping or obtaining a safe home
Author Loucas Antoniou (INEK) and Eurofound
Measure added 19 May 2022 (updated 20 June 2022)

Background information

The accommodation of refugees from Ukraine is foreseen in the temporary protection policy of the Republic of Cyprus, which was adopted on 22 March 2022 by the Cabinet. In April 2022, the Deputy Ministry of Tourism proclaimed a tender for the provision of accommodation services addressing hotels and organized apartments in certain regions of the Island.

Content of measure

The tender addresses hotels and organized apartments in the district of Famagusta (in the areas controlled by the Republic of Cyprus) and the Departments of Polis Chrysochous and Tilliria Peninsula, northwest of the Island. The basic provisions of the tender are as follows:

  • The maximum acceptable offer amount is €60 per room, per day, excluding VAT, for one adult person, €85 per room, per day, excluding VAT, for two adult persons, plus €10 extra for every child below 12 years of age and €20 for every child above 12 years of age.
  • Applicant hotels and apartments should have at least 50 well-maintained rooms immediately available for the duration of the contract.
  • The Contractor must provide hospitality which will include accommodation and three meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Meals shall include options for meat, poultry, fish and different side dishes as well as unlimited Cypriot beverages, namely bottled water, soft drinks, juices during meals and unlimited bottled water during the day.
  • The rooms should have: air conditioning, shower/bathroom and toilet, free internet access, with TV receiver and linen and towels provided twice a week. The rooms will be delivered clean on arrival of the refugees and will be cleaned twice a week.

Use of measure

It is estimated that around 500 people will be accommodated. However, the exact number of persons that will ultimately be accommodated is not known in advance and may be much higher or much lower from the prediction. The Deputy Ministry of Tourism is not committed to accommodating any number of persons.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Sector specific set of companies
Migrants or refugees

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A

Involvement

This measure was decided by the members of the Cabinet after the EU directions. Social partners were not involved in the process for the designing of the measure; no social partner has been invited to contribute. The Deputy Ministry of Tourism is the responsible agency for the implementation and monitoring of the measure.

Views and reactions

Particular reactions of trade unions and employers’ organizations in regards to the measure and its provisions have not been recorded.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      I - Accommodation And Food Service Activities I55 Accommodation

This case is not occupation-specific.

Sources

  • 20 April 2022: Διαγωνισμός για την εξασφάλιση υπηρεσιών προσωρινής φιλοξενίας σε ξενοδοχεία και οργανωμένα διαμερίσματα της επαρχίας Αμμοχώστου και του Διαμερίσματος Πόλης Χρυσοχούς και Τυλληρίας, προσφύγων από την Ουκρανία. Αρ. Προκ. 11/2022 (www.tourism.gov.cy)

Citation

Eurofound (2022), Temporary accommodation of refugees from Ukraine in hotels and organized apartments, measure CY-2022-17/2333 (measures in Cyprus), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/CY-2022-17_2333.html

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