CNA News – CNA – Antonios Gkildakis – CYPRUS/Nicosia 16/03/2019 12:08

Mogherini reiterates full EU support to Cyprus’ drilling activity

The EU reminded Turkey of the March 2018 European Council Conclusions about the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean, during the 54th EU-Turkey Association Council which was held on Friday in Brussels, and expressed full EU solidarity with the Republic of Cyprus in relation to Turkish statements about the drilling activity in the Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone. Moreover, the Cyprus government expressed its satisfaction over the common position of the 28 EU member states, saying it includes important references on Cyprus.

Defence Minister briefs Irish counterpart on Turkish actions

Defence Minister, Savvas Angelides, briefed on Friday his Irish counterpart Paul Kehoe on Turkey’s ongoing illegal actions and offensive behavior. After a meeting in Larnaca, Angelides said that he discussed with Kehoe the progress in and the prospects of further strengthening the two countries’ bilateral relations, in the context of the Common Security and Defense Policy, including their cooperation on PESCO projects.

Transport Ministries of Cyprus and Greece sign Memorandum

Cypriot Minister of Transport, Communications and Works Vassiliki Anastasiadou and Greek Minister of Infrastructure and Transport Christos Spirtzis signed a Memorandum for Cooperation between the two Ministries on Friday, in Athens, and decided to set up working groups to promote the cooperation in specific fields. Anastasiadou also held a meeting with the Greek Minister of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media Nikos Pappas.

UN official expresses support to CMP work

UN Assistant Secretary-General for Europe, Central Asia and the Americas, Miroslav Jenca, has expressed the UN full support to the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP). Jenca met on Friday with the three CMP members at the Committees anthropological laboratory and plans to brief the UN Security Council members on his mission to Cyprus, including CMP’s work and achievements.

New US Ambassador to Cyprus presents credentials on Monday

The new US Ambassador to Cyprus, Judith Gail Garber, will present her credentials on Monday morning to the President of the Republic, Nicos Anastasiades, during a ceremony at the Presidential Palace. The US Senate confirmed on January 2nd Garbers appointment as the new Ambassador of the United States to Cyprus. Garber was sworn in during a ceremony at the State Department on March 1st and arrived to Cyprus last week.

Technical Committee to mark completion of two restored monuments in Famagusta

A ceremony will be held next Wednesday in the old city of Turkish-occupied Famagusta to mark the completion of restoration works at the church of St. Anne and Tanner’s mosque by the bicommunal Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage. The ceremony was scheduled to take place last December, it was postponed however after heavy floods which cost the lives of several people in the occupied part of Cyprus.

Declaration of European regions and cities adopted at Bucharest Summit

The 8th European Summit of the Regions and Cities held in Bucharest 14-15 March was concluded with the adoption of the Declaration which was formally handed over to the President of Romania Klaus Iohanis. The Declaration will serve as the position of the regions and cities to the leaders of the EU institutions and heads of member states who will gather in Sibiu, Romania on 9 May to discuss the future of the EU27.

Total employment and actual hours worked increase in last quarter of 2018

Total employment presented an annual increase in the 4th quarter of 2018 reaching 423.296 persons, of which 373.605 were employees and 49.691 were self-employed, the Statistical Service said on Friday. Cystat reported that total employment increased by 3.5% in the 4th quarter 2018, compared with the same quarter in 2017.

Statistical Service estimates 2018 GDP growth at 3.9%

Cyprus GDP growth for 2018 is provisionally estimated at 3.9% according to the Statistical Service. In particular, GDP for the year 2018 is provisionally estimated at Euros 20,730.9 million at current prices compared to Euros 19,648.7 million in 2017 and Euros 20,290.2 million at volume measures compared to Euros 19,533.1 mn in 2017. The growth rate in real terms is estimated at 3.9% in 2018, compared to 4.5% in 2017, the Statistical Service says.

Source: Cyprus News Agency