European Foundation
for the Improvement of
Living and Working Conditions

The tripartite EU agency providing knowledge to assist
in the development of better social, employment and
work-related policies

EU PolicyWatch

Database of national-level policy measures

Eurofound's EU PolicyWatch collates information on the responses of government and social partners to the COVID-19 crisis, the war in Ukraine, rising inflation, as well as gathering examples of company practices aimed at mitigating the social and economic impacts.

Factsheet for measure CY-2023-18/3177 – measures in Cyprus

Second call to upgrade energy efficiency in houses

Σχέδιο Εξοικονομώ – Αναβαθμίσω στις κατοικίες, 2η προκήρυξη

Country Cyprus , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 04 May 2023 – 21 December 2023
Context Green Transition, European Semester
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery into a green future
– Support for spending, stimulus packages
Author Loucas Antoniou (INEK) and Eurofound
Measure added 31 May 2023 (updated 13 June 2023)

Background information

The scheme supports upgrading energy efficiency in existing houses, located in both the areas under the control of the Republic of Cyprus and the British Sovereign Bases. For the areas under the control of the British Sovereign Bases, the Republic of Cyprus covers 100% of the subsidy. The goal is to save 60% of primary energy with these upgrades. The total annual savings, which will be achieved by all the investments that will be subsidised, is estimated to be 192,000 Mwh.

The scheme is included in the "THALIA 2021-2027" development Programme of Cyprus and is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) of the EU and the Republic of Cyprus.

Content of measure

Beneficiaries of the Scheme are natural persons making an investment in extensive energy efficiency upgrading of an existing house with a building permit before 21 December 2007 and not rented by a legal entity used for economic activity for at least 5 years. Apartment buildings consisting of five or more units are also eligible through an authorised representative and a single application.

The eligible actions are provided in two categories. The first refers to construction work and the eligible actions include:

  1. Thermal insulation of horizontal structural elements, walls and elements of the load-bearing structure
  2. Replacement of frames
  3. Installation of external shading

The maximum subsidy that is provided for actions in this category is €32,000.

The second category refers to technical systems and the actions included are the purchase and installation or replacement of

  1. Solar panels for hot water production
  2. Air conditioning systems
  3. Aerothermal, geothermal and geothermal heating systems or hydrothermal heat pumps
  4. Photovoltaic system and storing batteries with a capacity of up to 10kW
  5. High energy efficiency boiler

The maximum subsidy that is provided is €24,000.

The scheme also provides an increased subsidy for vulnerable consumers, people living in mountainous areas and refugees/displaced persons living in refugee quarters for every eligible action. The total budget of the scheme, which will be allocated in the 2021-2027 programming period, amounts to €70 million. The amount allocated for the needs of this call is estimated at €35 million for the areas under the control of the Republic of Cyprus and €500,000 for the areas under the control of the British Sovereign Bases.

Use of measure


Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Applies to all citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
European Funds
National funds
National Recovery and Resilience Facility

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


The designing of the grant scheme has been performed by the Ministry of Energy, Trade and Industry and upon the decision of the members of the Cabinet; no social partner or political party has been invited to participate in any kind of consultation. Similarly, social partners and political parties have no involvement in the implementation of the grant.

Views and reactions

No particular reactions have been recorded by social partners or political parties in regards to the issuing of the Grant and/or the content.




Eurofound (2023), Second call to upgrade energy efficiency in houses, measure CY-2023-18/3177 (measures in Cyprus), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


Eurofound publications based on EU PolicyWatch

30 January 2023


Measures to lessen the impact of the inflation and energy crisis on citizens

Governments across the EU continue to implement policies to support citizens and businesses in the face of rising food and energy prices caused by the COVID-19 crisis and intensified by the war in Ukraine. This article summarises the policy responses as reported in Eurofound's EU PolicyWatch database from January to September 2022.


12 September 2022


First responses to cushion the impact of inflation on citizens

Although the worldwide pandemic situation had already disrupted supply chains and triggered increases in energy and food prices in 2021, the situation deteriorated in 2022 with the Russian invasion of Ukraine.


12 September 2022


Policies to support EU companies affected by the war in Ukraine

This article summarises the first policy responses that governments across the EU have started to implement to support companies affected by the rising prices, and those with commercial ties to Ukraine, Russia or Belarus.


5 July 2022


Policies to support refugees from Ukraine

This article summarises the first policy responses of EU Member States, including those of the social partners and other civil society actors, enabling refugees to exercise their rights under the Temporary Protection Directive.


Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process.