CyprusProfile asked Zeta Emilianidou, Minister of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance, about her Ministry’s main priorities for 2017 and what her expectations for the economy are.
"2016 was a turnaround year for the economy of Cyprus with positive GDP growth rates, an expanding economy and decreasing unemployment. Our main priority continues to be the reduction of unemployment, despite the steady and sizeable decrease over the last two and a half years. December 2016 was the 32nd continuous month in which unemployment decreased relative to the previous year. In addition, total employment as well as the active population grew and long-term unemployment shrank. These trends are expected to continue through 2017, as the economy maintains positive growth, and our aim is to facilitate the improvement of the labour market conditions with active labour measures".