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The Council of Ministers of Cyprus approved in March 2021 the creation of a Deputy Ministry for Culture. The actions for the creation of the deputy ministry had already started a few years ago. An advisory committee was initially set up, various bodies were consulted, and after the basic plan with the responsibilities and the structure of the deputy ministry was formulated, it was submitted to the Council of Ministers for approval. After its approval, it is expected to be voted by the parliament, in order to proceed with the creation of the autonomous state ministry.The deputy ministry will be solely responsible for matters of cultural heritage, such as antiquities, and cultural activities in general.
Due to the lockdown and the restrictive measures for the Covid-19 pandemic, several festivals and cultural activities had to be postponed or cancelled. As a result, a lot of discussions have been taking place since 2020 concerning the support of art workers and the cultural sector in general which is suffering the consequences of Covid-19.