In order to increase public acceptance of cheques, in 2003 the Central Bank of Cyprus (CBC) and the Commissioner of the Co-operative Societies Supervision and Development Authority jointly established a register of issuers of dishonoured cheques known as the Central Information Registry. The register, operated by the Central Bank of Cyprus, records individuals or legal persons who have, over a period of 12 months, issued at least three dishonoured cheques irrespective of the value of the cheques, or have issued dishonoured cheques with an aggregate value of more than €2,000. Individuals responsible for the accounts of companies listed in the register are also listed. The accounts of individuals or companies appearing in the register in all banks and cooperative credit institutions are frozen and all unissued cheques are confiscated.

Individuals and companies generally remain on the register for at least three years and in order to be removed they must demonstrate that all cheques have been paid and 12 months have elapsed since the last dishonoured cheque was honoured. The Management Committee of the register also has discretion to delete an entry if the dishonoured cheques are honoured within a month of being recorded as dishonoured. 

Following the disruption to the domestic banking system that occurred in the wake of the resolution of Laiki Bank, the forced recapitalisation of Bank of Cyprus and the imposition of controls on banking transactions, the CCBC decided in April 2013 to temporarily suspend the blacklisting of issuers of dishonoured cheques.

The CBC has now announced that the Central Information Registry will resume operations from 2 September 2013, with temporarily modified procedures which take into account the current economic situation and sensitivities of the business community as a whole. The CBC recognises the problems arising from the bank resolution measures and aims at a transparent, fair and equitable treatment of persons included in the register solely due to the resolution measures. The CBC also intends to simplify the procedure for settlement of dishonoured cheques and deletion from the register.

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