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Business Facilitation Unit (BFU)


The promotion of entrepreneurship, the improvement of the business environment and the reduction of bureaucracy, are the main objectives of the Government and the Governance Program of the President.

The "Business Facilitation Unit (BFU)" was established in January 2022 as part of the “Strategy for Attracting Investments and Talent" adopted for this purpose. The BFU operates under the auspices of the Ministry of Energy, Commerce and Industry and is the "Contact Point" for businesses that are already active in Cyprus as well as for businesses wishing to expand their activities in Cyprus.

The aim is to upgrade and modernize the services offered through BFU in order to address any problems and weaknesses of the existing investor support system.


The responsibilities of the Unit are graphically presented that follows and are briefly analyzed below:


Α.   Contact Point for companies (foreign & cypriot) wishing to develop new economic activity or expand their activities

Services include:

  • Provision of information/guidance on the licenses required for establishment, operation or expansion of company activities in Cyprus, depending on the type of investment/nature of business;
  • Liaising with the state’s various licensing authorities - at the investor’s request - when facing obstacles/delays in the implementation of a project. In this context, meetings are also held with the authorities and an effort is made to resolve the problems and to set timetables for the actions to be taken;
  • Providing facilitation on expediting the registration of a new company in the register of companies, of the Department of Registrar of Companies and Intellectual Property, the employers’ register of the Social Insurance Services and the Tax Department’s register.


Β.   Contact Point companies of foreign interests wishing to operate or expand their activities in Cyprus

  • The BFU accepts applications from companies wishing to be registered in the Register of Companies with Foreign Interests; held at the Unit. By registering in the Register, companies can take advantage of the incentives announced by the Government, regarding the employment of third country nationals.


C.    Digital One-Stop Service (DOSS) for Renewable Energy Sources (RES) projects

"DOSS” operates as a "One-Stop Shop" for the licensing of RES projects

It is the applicant's single point of contact during the licensing process, and provides:

  • Comprehensive information and guidance on the required permits for the implementation of a RES project as well as information on the possibilities of securing financing and lending;
  • Receipt of applications - on behalf the licensing authorities – for obtaining the pertinent licenses and updates on the progress of the licensing process;
  • Guidance and mediation for any issues that arise with the various Services/Departments and licensing authorities;
  • It is noted that on 7/2023 the first phase of the new "Digital One-Stop Shop" online platform was put into operation, which provides, online, the relevant information on the existing procedures.


D.   Point of Single Contact (PSC) Cyprus - Facilitating establishment of businesses in the service sector

  • Providing information on the procedures and formalities required to set up a business, gain access to regulated services and professions and/or provision of cross-border services.


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