CNA News – CNA/Athena Arsalidou – Nicosia 08/02/2019 11:22

President briefs National Council members on his recent meetings with Lute

Cyprus President, Nicos Anastasiades, will brief today the members of the National Council on his recent meetings in Nicosia with the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy Jane Holl Lute.

Anastasiades is also expected to brief the members of the National Council about the discussion which Greek Premier Alexis Tsipras had with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during their meeting on Tuesday in Ankara. Tsipras and Erdogan discussed among other issues about the Cyprus problem. Meanwhile, CNA has learnt that President Anastasiades will propose document recording convergences duirng meeting with Akinci.

Cyprus Foreign Minister meets with Deputy Prime Minister and Ministers of Oman

Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Christodoulides was received Thursday by Deputy Prime Minister of Oman Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmood al Said, during the second day of his official visit to Oman.

During the meeting, Christodoulides and al Said, exchanged views on a wide range of issues, focusing on the prospects for further tightening bilateral relations between the two countries and the positive role played by Cyprus and Oman in efforts to strengthen cooperation in the wider region of the Eastern Mediterranean, the Middle East and the Gulf.

Cyprus cannot accept the division of the Legislative Package on Asylum, Interior Minister says

Cyprus cannot accept the Legislative Package on Asylum to be divided, Interior Minister Konstasntinos Petrides has said, while expressing disappointment over the fact that no significant progress has been achieved during the discussions for the adoption of a comprehensive Common European Asylum System. Speaking at the EU Informal Home and Justice Council that took place in Bucharest on February 7 and 8, Petrides said that the fact that no significant progress has been achieved so far has negative repercussions for the EU member states which mainly receive immigrants.

Vatican particularly interested in Cyprus problem and violation of human rights by Turkey, Photiou tells CNA

The Vatican is particularly interested in issues related to the violation of human rights in Cyprus by Turkey, and the destruction of religious heritage sites in the Turkish occupied part of the island, as well as about the developments in the Cyprus problem, Presidential Commissioner, Photis Photiou, has told the Cyprus News Agency (CNA). Photiou who held on Wednesday and Thursday meetings in the Vatican with the Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, and the Secretary for Relations with States of the Holy See, Paul Richard Gallagher, said that the Vatican officials were interested in being updated on developments in the Cyprus problem.

Cyprus to set up a single insurance and pensions supervisory authority

Cyprus will set up a new single independent insurance and pensions fund supervisory authority joining the separate authorities currently supervising the sectors, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades announced on Thursday. The announcement was made during a joint press conference with the President of European Insurance and Occupational Pensions (EIOPA) Authority Gabriel Bernardino, who backed the government’s proposal.

Energy consumption in the EU increases for 3rd consucutive year, moving away from targets

In 2017, energy consumption in the European Union (EU) continued to increase for the third consecutive year, thus moving away from the energy efficiency targets. Primary energy consumption amounted to 1 561 million tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe), while final energy consumption reached 1 222 Mtoe. Compared with last year, both levels increased by around 1%.

In Cyprus primary energy consumption amounted to 2.5 million tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe). It was 2.4 in 2016 and 2.6 in 2006 (an average annual change of -0.2% per annum between 2006 – 2017, and +4.4% between 2016 and 2017.

Cyprus inflation speeds up in January

Cyprus consumer price index (CPI) rose 2.0 percent in January year-on-year after climbing 1.7% in the previous month, data from the Statistical Service of Cyprus showed Thursday.

In January 2019 the Consumer Price Index decreased by 0,95 units and reached 99,76 units compared to 100,71 units in December 2018. Compared to January 2018, the CPI increased by 2.0% Cystat reported.

Source: Cyprus News Agency