26 Ιουν 2016

Military Expediture vs Environmental Protection Syspirosi Atakton



Τhe disastrous fire which has destroyed approximately 20 sq. km of our forest commons is directly linked with the government's cuts on public expenditures on vital sectors, such as social welfare and environmental protection. Employees (whether seasonal or full time) of the Forestry Department have protested in 2015 for the deep cuts the FD had to go through οn the altar of the 'Cypriot Success Story'.
In 2015, Sispirosi Atakton prepared a report comparing the military expenditure of the Republic of Cyprus against expenditure on vital sectors such as health, social protection and environmental protection. Military expenditure in the Republic of Cyprus were four times higher than the environmental protection expenditure in the public sector. This did not include the massive cuts which occured last year and does not include the increase in expenditure after the Government's decision to hire 3000 army officers as permanent staff.

Via the link below you can read the whole report which reveals how: 
- High levels of military spending in a country that is now at the epicentre of the Eurozone financial crisis played a significant role in causing its debt crisis. Although Cyprus is considered to be the most recent casualty of the financial crisis within the Eurozone, it owes some of its debt troubles to a 50% increase in military spending over the past decade, the majority of which came after 2004.
- The debts caused by arms sales were often a result of corrupt deals between government officials, but are being paid for by ordinary people facing savage cuts in social services. 
- Military spending has been reduced as the country has been severely affected by the crisis, but the Republic of a Cyprus
still has military spending levels comparable to or higher than ten years ago.
- When military spending cuts actually take place, there are cuts almost entirely on people – reductions in personnel, lower wages and pensions – rather than on arms purchases. 
- While the richest countries within the Eurozone have insisted on the harshest cuts of social budgets by crisis countries to pay back debts, they have been much less supportive of cuts in military spending that would threaten arms sales.
- Continued high military spending has led to a boom in arms companies’ profits and a further militarisation of our daily lives, while an even more aggressive push of arms sales is 
ignoring concerns on safeguarding human rights and reunifying the island.
- Investment in the military is the least effective way to create jobs, regardless of the other costs of military spending. At a time of desperate need for investment in job creation, supporting a bloated and wasteful military cannot be justified given how many more real - time jobs such money would create in areas such as public health, education and transport.




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