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TRANSPARENCY OF PARTY FUNDING

Cyprus joined GRECO in 1999. GRECO adopted the First Round Evaluation Report (Greco Eval I Rep (2001) 6E) in respect of Cyprus at its 7th Plenary Meeting (17-20 December 2001) and the Second Round Evaluation Report (Greco Eval II Rep (2005) 3E) at its 27th Plenary Meeting (6-10 March 2006). The afore-mentioned Evaluation Reports, as well as their corresponding Compliance Reports, are available on GRECO’s homepage

At the time of the GET’s visit to Cyprus, there was no generic legal definition of political parties in law. However, there were several legal texts containing different definitions for particular purposes. According to Section 2 of the Law to Provide for the Right of Political Parties to
Acquire, Possess and Dispose of Immovable and Movable Property and Conditions thereof (Law 199/1989), political parties are those represented at the House of Representatives (Parliament) and any organisation, union or group of persons which, according to the meaning attributed to it by an average prudent citizen, having knowledge of the political system in Cyprus, is considered to be a political party, in view of the organisation, structure, institutions, objectives and its impression on the public and provided that, in the last elections to Parliament has secured at least three per cent of the total of valid votes and includes any organisation of youth of a political party.

Moreover, according to Section 2 of the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation Law (Cap 300A), political parties are defined as parties represented in Parliament or an organisation or a union or a group of persons, which, according to the meaning attributed to it by an average prudent citizen having knowledge of the internal political facts in Cyprus and aims at its organisation, structure, institution, objectives and its impression to the public, is considered to be a political party”. It is to be noted that these definitions are limited to particular activities of political parties, such as to own, possess and dispose of property or to be granted broadcasting time.


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