Associate Lawyer – Legal Department
The introduction of the Cremation Law in Cyprus is an important and long-awaited legal development. Despite the fact that the Law came into force in 2019, the process of cremation in Cyprus was not rendered possible considering the lack of a licenced crematorium on the island. However, the Ministry of Internal Affairs gave the green light and Cyprus’ first crematorium is expected to open its doors by 2024. As at today, Cyprus is among the 2 EU member countries that remain without a crematorium.
Fortunately, the inapplicability of the Law despite its enforceability is coming to an end, following the abovementioned development. Such change, would not only enable the Cypriot citizens / residents to exercise their right to be cremated in Cyprus, but also, the possibility of establishing a licenced crematorium is likely to draw prospective investors and enhance the economic landscape of Cyprus.
THE LEGISLATION AND ITS PROVISIONS
The Law includes various provisions aiming to serve as guidance to the public regarding the process of cremation including:
LICENSING OF THE OPERATION OF CREMATION CENTERS
Part V of the Law sets out in details the conditions under which a crematorium may acquire its license, including the relevant documentation that needs to be submitted during the application process.
More specifically, in order to establish a cremation centre (crematorium), the relevant licence needs to be obtained by the competent authority (defined as the Minister and includes any officer of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, authorized by the Minister to act as a competent authority under the provisions of this Law), following the relevant application form (as provided by the Appendix I of the Law) as well as supporting documentation including:
It is also worthwhile mentioning that:
It is important to note that in order for the urban planning permit and/or building permit to be issued and therefore be considered as a supporting document in the application for obtaining the licence, the architectural drawings of the crematorium need to comply with all the requirements and specifications for cremation centres as stated within APPENDIX III of the Law, which sets out the dimensions of the specific rooms, the facilities, as well as the facility security requirements.
The enforcement of the Cremation Law is viewed as a promising development as it expands the spectrum of investment possibilities to prospective businessmen and enables them to become pioneers in a nish sector of the Cyprus Economy.
HOW OUR FIRM CAN ASSIST
Our Law Firm can be of assistance to potential investors by providing the relevant advice as to how such project can be implemented, submitting the relevant applications in accordance with the legal framework in place as well as establishing the most appropriate Cyprus vehicle to achieve this.
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Associate Lawyer – Legal Department
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