It is with pleasure that I welcome you to the website of the Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance. Our aim is to provide you with ongoing information regarding the work being done at the Ministry. At the same time, the website operates as a means of a two-way communication, taking into account your ideas, suggestions, or indications, in order to achieve a more effective operation of the Ministry and, of course, more efficient citizen service.
The main goal of the Ministry is to better deal with the social impact of the economic crisis in our homeland, and establish a strong and effective social State to revive the economy, ensure the well-being of the citizens, and achieve a rapid and balanced development, in conditions of stability, justice and social cohesion.
The Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance acts as a stable, effective and trusted aid of the citizen, providing utmost respect and targeted support to the economically and socially vulnerable groups, in order to find a satisfactory solution to the problems faced.
Our goal is, through an integrated strategy and policy that makes full use of the co-funded programmes of the European Union, to utilize our workforce and our young people so that, through vocational training and retraining of the workforce, to achieve better conditions of employment and the reduction of unemployment in our country.
The Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance is seeking and asking for the cooperation of citizens because it believes that in unity and with concerted efforts and co-operation, we can overcome the current difficulties and put our country back on the path of growth and economic prosperity.
Zeta Emilianidou was born in Nicosia. She holds a law degree from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a diploma in Marketing Management from the Cyprus Institute of Marketing. She succeeded in the Cyprus Bar Association examinations and is a registered lawyer since 1978.
From 2001 to 2010 she was the Director of the Department of Customs and The Registrar of Value Added Tax. She was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Ports Authority. From 2010 to 2013 she served as the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism as well as President of the Cyprus Energy Foundation and the Special Fund for Renewable Energy Sources and Energy Saving.
During her many years of service, she was the head of the team that prepared the present Customs Legislation of the Republic of Cyprus and a member of the team that designed and prepared the Value Added Tax Legislation. She is the author of the book entitled "Value Added Tax in Cyprus" published in 1992, the year that the VAT Legislation first came into force. As Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism, she was responsible for the completion of the 2nd Round of Hydrocarbon Exploration Licenses in Offshore areas of Cyprus and was the Chairman of the Advisory Committee, which was responsible for the evaluation of the applications of the companies that expressed interest, which eventually led to the signing of contracts for 5 exploration blocks in the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Republic of Cyprus.
On April 3, 2013, she was appointed by the President of the Republic to the position of Minister of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance of the Republic of Cyprus, a position in which she serves until today. As Minister of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance, she has promoted a series of reforms concerning all areas of responsibility of the Ministry, with particular emphasis on social welfare issues, workers' labour rights and gender equality issues. Important reforms are currently in the process of being implemented, such as the institutionalization of a National Minimum Wage and a mechanism for setting and revising its level, the revision and modernization of the Social Insurance Legislation and pension reform, as well as the process for the digitalization of the applications for all benefits of the Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance for better and more direct service to the citizen.
Among the most important reforms and policies she has promoted during her tenure as Minister of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance are the following:
- the Guaranteed Minimum Income and Social Benefits Legislation and the creation of the Welfare Benefits Administration Service and the Social Benefits Registry for the proper control and application of the eligibility criteria for all social benefits,
- Plan for the Restructuring and Modernization of the Social Welfare Services and the establishment of the Deputy Ministry of Social Welfare,
- strengthening the standard of living of low-pensioners through an increase in their incomes above the poverty line, a subsidy for care provision, free movement by public transport, fully subsidized 4-day holidays and a series of other measures for the benefit of the elderly,
- provision of a widower's pension to men on the same terms as for women for the first time,
- introduction of paid paternity leave,
- reintroduction of the Mother's Allowance and the amendment to the Child Benefit Legislation for the extension of the criteria for families with many children,
- amendment of the Social Insurance Legislation for the provision of a special pension to persons with thalassaemia from the age of 50,
- preparation and implementation of the National Strategy for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation and Child Pornography,
- creation of the House of the Child and the Women's House to provide the necessary multidisciplinary support and address all forms of violence,
- the creation of specialized Houses in the Community in which people with severe disabilities live with the necessary support so that they are not institutionalized,
- preparation of the first National Disability Strategy 2018-2028 and its implementation based on specific timetables,
- recognition of maternity through surrogate mothers and payment of maternity allowance to both surrogate and biological mothers,
- increase of maternity leave for the second and third or each subsequent child by four and eight weeks respectively, as well as an increase by an additional four and six weeks in the case of twins or triplets respectively.
- the establishment of the Unified Inspection Service and the introduction of steep administrative fines both for undeclared work and for violations of labour law regarding workers' rights,
- implementation of Special Employee Support Schemes in response to the Pandemic.