8.10 Current debates and reforms
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The Council of Ministers of Cyprus approved in March 2021 the creation of a Deputy Ministry for Culture. The new Deputy Ministry started operating on the 4th of July 2022. Several actions and programmes are planned according to the announcement of the Deputy Minister in March 2023, such as the Youth Card for cultural activities and defining the artists' status.
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.