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OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR ADMINISTRATION
CYPRUS

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Background
Mandate
Internal Organisation
Activities
CONTACT

Background 

The Office of the Commissioner for Administration (Ombudsman) was set up on 18 January 1991 under the Commissioner of Administration Law.

Mandate 

The Ombudsman is an independent public official who exercises control over decisions and actions taken by public administrative authorities.

The Commissioner for Administration or Ombudsman is appointed by the President of the Republic on the recommendation of the Council of Ministers and with the prior consent of a majority of Members of Parliament. The Ombudsman serves for a six-year term and may be re-appointed.

In April 2003, the Government of Cyprus decided to designate the Ombudsman as the independent national body to combat discrimination. Since 1 May 2004, according to Law 42(I)/2004, the Ombudsman’s mandate has been extended to combat the forms of discrimination referred to in European Council Directives 2000/43/EC and 2000/78/EC, as well as other forms of discrimination forbidden by the Constitution or other national laws, such as Law 205(I) 2002 forbidding discrimination between men and women in employment, and to cover discrimination in the private sector.

The Ombudsman is responsible for the promotion of equal treatment of all persons in relation to discrimination on the grounds of racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age, sexual orientation and gender. These grounds are covered in the field of employment. Racial and ethnic origin is also covered in the fields of social welfare, medical treatment, training and access to goods and services.

The Ombudsman also has the power to investigate complaints of violations of human rights brought against the public sector and its officers. The Ombudsman produces a report in each case, which may conclude that there has been injury or injustice. If so the report will contain recommendations for reparation to the competent authority involved. If the recommendations are not given effect, the Ombudsman may submit a special report to the Parliament.

Internal Organisation 

The Commissioner for Administration is the head of the Body against Discrimination on the basis of racial and ethnic origin (implementing Directive 2000/43) and Head of the Body for Equality (implementing Directive 2000/78).

The Office of the Commissioner for Administration has a staff of 33 people, comprising 20 officers and 13 administrative staff.

Activities 

The Ombudman’s activities include the following:

CONTACT 

Commissioner for Administration
6, Gladstone Street
CY– 095 NICOSIA LEFKOSIA
Tel: +357 2245 6300
Fax: +357 2267 2881
E-mail: obmudsman@ombudsman.gov.cy