The PIO is the designated publishing body of the Government on the basis of the Ministerial Decision 23.521, dated 1/9/1983. Consequently, the PIO publishes all government publications, aiming to inform the public both at home and abroad, and its own publications for the purpose of publicizing and promoting the government’s work.
The Publications’ Department has the responsibility for the production of the PIO publications (bulletins, leaflets, luxury books etc.), which mainly aim at informing about Cyprus and the Cyprus issue both in Cyprus and abroad. The PIO’s main publications are translated into various languages. Moreover, efforts are made, for economical as well as practical and environmental purposes, for the gradual reduction in the number and length of the printed publications and an increase in the production of electronic publications that provide greater flexibility and immediacy on current affairs issues. The production of two electronic publications in English entitled “Cyprus Fact Sheet - Political Developments” and “Cyprus Fact Sheet - Economy”, which are uploaded on the PIO website (see left side column), fall within the framework of this effort.
The PIO publications are available free of charge. The sale or other commercial exploitation of any PIO publication or part of it is strictly prohibited. Excerpts from any publication may be reproduced with appropriate acknowledgement of each publication as the source of the material used.
Publications of Ministries and Independent Services
The PIO is responsible for the Ministries’ and Independent Services’ publications. In this framework, publications and other informative material are produced in various languages, where necessary, aimed at informing the public on a wide range of issues (health, nutrition, employment issues, safety, citizens’ rights and obligations, agricultural issues etc.) and at promoting and publicizing the work of the Government. The section is entrusted with the responsibility of language editing, text processing, design/paging in collaboration with graphic designers, artistic and technical supervision and overall editing of the publications as well as printing supervision. Each year approximately 300 informative publications are published, either autonomous or periodical, in the form of multi-page books, brochures, booklets, manuals, annual reports, posters, etc. It should be noted that the PIO is the publisher of government publications, but the responsibility for their content, distribution and dispatch lies with the competent Ministries and Services.