CNA News – CNA – Antonios Gkildakis – Nicosia 17/06/2019 15:35

EU to warn Turkey with Customs Union deal over illegal activities in Cyprus EEZ

EU governments are expected to express “serious concerns” about Turkeys drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean and will vow to “respond appropriately in full solidarity with the Republic of Cyprus” in a statement drafted today, which will be issued on Tuesday by the General Affairs Council (European Affairs Ministers), according to diplomatic sources who briefed the press in Luxembourg.

Nicosia and Athens agree to cooperate closely to counter Turkish actions in the region

The President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and the Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras spoke on Sunday on the phone, agreeing to cooperate closely over Turkish illegal activities in the region. Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou, said they discussed ongoing developments and decided to cooperate closely ahead of the EU Foreign Affairs Council, as well as the European Council, set to meet on June 20 and 21.

Violating sovereign rights of Greece and Cyprus will have consequences, Greek PM says

Any country violating the sovereign rights of Greece and of the Republic of Cyprus, as well as international law in the region, ought to be aware that it will face consequences, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Sunday after a meeting of the Governmental Council for Foreign Affairs and Defence (KYSEA), in Athens. KYSEA convened to discuss Turkish violations in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

Nicosia has information about Turkey’s drilling activity but is unable to confirm it, Spokesman tells CNA

Nicosia possesses pieces of information in relation to Turkey’s drilling activity off the coast of Cyprus but is not in a position to confirm it, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said on Sunday. Speaking to CNA, Prodromou said that for several days now, we are monitoring statements from Turkish officials and often conflicting information. These days there are pieces of information about the shipping of material and equipment, associated with drilling. We are not, however, in a position to confirm this information.

Job vacancy rate in the euro area at 2.3% in the first quarter of 2019

The job vacancy rate in the euro area was 2.3% in the first quarter of 2019, stable compared with the previous quarter and up from 2.1% in the first quarter of 2018, according to figures published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In the EU28, the job vacancy rate was 2.4% in the first quarter of 2019, up from 2.3% in the previous quarter and from 2.2% in the first quarter of 2018.

Source: Cyprus News Agency