x

Society

Shutdown of Cyprus Insurance Company Leaves 200,000 Bulgarians Uncovered

August 23, 2018

Bulgarian authorities are demanding answers after the shutdown of Cyprus’ Olympic Insurance left 200,000 policyholders without coverage and the company owing 4.7 million euros ($5.46 million to 197,551 customers.

Bulgaria’s Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Ekaterina Zakharieva summoned Cypriot Ambassador Marios Kountourides to explain what happened and said the role of the country’s ’s Financial Supervision Commission (KFN) would be probed and wanted Cyprus’ Finance Ministry to get involved, Bulgaria’s 24chasa.bg reported.

Olympic customers in Bulgaria also protested in the Capital of Sofia, the news agency Reuters said, and Prime Minister Boyko Borissov has gotten involved, along with the Parliament.

The Cypriot insurance company was liquidated last week, three months after it barred it from entering new contracts with customers citing capital requirements issues, the Cyprus Mail said.

Neither Finance Minister Harris Georgiades nor Cyprus’ Insurance Companies Control Service could not be reached for comment, the paper said.

A unidentified government source told the paper that Kountourides was invited to a “briefing and to discuss the matter” and was in contact with Superintendent of Insurance Victoria Natar about what could be done for the Bulgarian customers.

Olympic, owned by Luxembourg’s Hispakol, informed policyholders in Cyprus about the problem, via text message and gave a contact number that one customer told the paper wasn’t working.

Bulgaria’s chief prosecutor ordered an investigation into whether KFN had properly supervised Olympic’s operations and that it had barred Olympic from taking on new business in May, said Reuters.

According to 24chasa.bg, Kountourides assured the Bulgarian foreign minister that “it is not politicians but (instead) people come first, so the two governments need to do whatever is possible to resolve the matter”.

“Our relations to Cyprus are excellent and I hope to have your cooperation,” Zakharieva countered. “What we need to do is react as fast as possible”.

RELATED

NICOSIA — Cyprus has assisted in rescue of a small wooden boat crammed with more than 300 migrants that was floating adrift 203 kilometers (126 miles) west of the island nation, a Cypriot official said Tuesday.

Top Stories

Columnists

A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

Video

“We Got Our Miracle”: Freed Americans Back Home in Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Two US military veterans who disappeared three months ago while fighting with Ukrainian forces against Russia arrived home to Alabama on Saturday, greeted by hugs, cheers and tears of joy at the state's main airport.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.