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President briefs leaders of EU southern countries on Turkeys illegal actions in Cyprus EEZ

President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades briefed on Wednesday the leaders of the Southern EU countries on recent developments in Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone, Turkeys illegal actions in the Cypriot EEZ, and hydrocarbon exploration in the wider region. The 7 EU Mediterranean leaders adopted a declaration, in which they pledge to work on economic growth, migration, security, social cohesion. They also reiterate their support to a viable settlement of the Cyprus problem. On the sidelines of the Summit, the Greek Prime Minister stressed the importance of a viable and just Cyprus solution.

The Cyprus issue will not be solved during the Bulgarian EU presidency, the countrys PM tells CNA

“The Cyprus issue will not be solved during the Bulgarian EU Presidency,” Bulgarias Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has told CNA, replying to a question on the EU-Turkey customs union agreement and the liberalisation of visas for Turkish nationals. The Prime Minister, in his answer, explained extensively that “the EU needs to think very seriously about the risks and consequences of the deterioration of its relations with Turkey” and that “if we change our attitude towards Turkey, it should be reflected in the EU defence policy”.

Cyprus – Malta face common challenges and cooperation is essential, Defence Minsters say

Cyprus and Malta, as Mediterranean member states of the EU, are faced with common challenges and threats and bilateral cooperation and coordination is necessary to tackle these problems effectively, the Defence Ministers of the two countries Christoforos Fokaides and Michael Farrugia have said. The two Ministers met on Wednesday in Nicosia, on Farrugias first official visit to Cyprus and the first by a Maltese Defence Minister. The two had a tete-a-tete meeting followed by consultations between delegations of the two Ministries.

Cyprus and Egypt cooperate on environment and sustainable growth education

Cyprus and Egypt are going ahead with a two year cooperation programme in the field of education for the environment and sustainable development. “The programme focuses on the transfer of know-how which Cyprus has gained in matters relating to education for the environment and sustainable development,” an Education and Culture Ministry press release issued on Wednesday says. This cooperation is the first between Cyprus and Egypt in educational matters and will be implemented by the Pedagogical Institute of the ministry on the part of Cyprus and by the Egyptian Sustainable Development Forum on the part of Egypt.

‘Conservative Friends of Cyprus’ express hope for a united Cyprus at a ceremony at the UK Parliament

The ‘Conservative Friends of Cyprus’ organisation welcomed the new year with wishes for a united Cyprus as members of the organisation and other dignitaries attended the traditional cutting of vasilopita (new years cake) event at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster on Tuesday evening.

The traditional ceremony, officiated by Archimandrite Theophanis, saw several Conservative MPs attending, as well as the High Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus Euripides Evriviades, many members of the organisation and of the UK Cypriot community.

Nikolas Papadopoulos tells CNA he is ready to accept an invitation from UNSG for a new Conference on Cyprus

Presidential hopeful Nikolas Papadopoulos has expressed readiness to accept an invitation from the UN Secretary-General for a new Conference on Cyprus, stressing that he will attempt to change the five-party composition of previous meetings. In an interview with the Cyprus News Agency, Papadopoulos referred to the New Strategy he has announced on the Cyprus issue, noting that his intention is to withdraw the “unacceptable compromises” of the previous two governments, and to render the non-solution costly to Ankara in order to change its intransigent stance.

EIB signs new loan agreements with CCB and Hellenic Bank for SME and mid-caps financing

The European Investment Bank (EIB) signed today with Hellenic Bank and the Cyprus Cooperative Bank (CCB) two new loan agreements of Euros 40 million and Euros 25 million respectively aiming to provide Cypriot small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and Mid-caps with financing on favourable terms. The loans, granted under the EIB;s Scheme for supporting SMEs and Midpas in Cyprus, are granted with state guarantees, which cover part of the EIB’s credit risk, resulting in cheaper funding.

Vehicle registration up 29.1% in 2017

Total vehicle registration was up by 29.1% in 2017 compared to 2016, data released by the Cyprus Statistical Service, on Wednesday, show. According to the data registrations of motor vehicles increased to 43,640 in January-December 2017, compared to 33,805 vehicles in the same period of 2016.At the same time saloon cars increased to 36,067, from 27,956 in 2016, also recording an increase of 29%. 13,118 saloon cars or 36.4% were new and 22,949 or 63.6% were used.

Courier firm delivers recycling kits to citizens for free, Green Dot says

Green Dot Cyprus has announced its cooperation with ACS Courier, which in the last half of 2017 has undertaken to deliver recycling kits to citizens for free. “The cooperation aims to make the most of synergies between ACS Courier and Green Dot Cyprus in order to promote the recycling of packaging across Cyprus,” a Green Dot press release says. In particular, it adds, Green Dot Cyprus has created a recycling kit which “includes all necessary information and tools all citizens need in order to take part in the recycling programme of their region.”

Source: Cyprus News Agency