CNA News – CNA – Emilia Christofi – CYPRUS/Nicosia 01/02/2019 17:16

UN Envoy in Cyprus for terms of reference in the coming days, Spokesman says

UN Secretary General’s envoy Jane Holl Lute will be in Cyprus in the coming days in order to formulate the terms of reference for the resumption of negotiations in the Cyprus reunification process, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus welcomes the unanimous adoption by the Security Council, of a resolution extending the mandate of the peacekeeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 31, 2019 with the existing terms of reference and staffing.

Each UN member state is entitled to have its own views, but the renewal of the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) mandate is a UN Security Council decision, UNFICYP spokesperson Aleem Siddique has told the Cyprus News Agency (CNA).

The EU must protect its member states, Defence Minister stresses

Defence Minister Savvas Angelides has expressed Cyprus steadfast support to efforts to implement the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) with a view to achieve tangible results soon, adding that the EU must protect its member states, as provided by the priorities of the EU Global Strategy. Angelides was speaking during the informal meeting of the EU Defence Ministers that took place in Bucharest, a PIO press release noted, adding that the number of any new programmes will have to be limited and cover crucial operational deficiencies of the EU potentials.

Research and innovation can boost the economy, President says

Research and innovation can boost the economy, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, addressing the swearing-in ceremony of Kyriakos Kokkinos, as the Chief Scientist for Research and Innovation.

The Chief Scientist is mandated to promote growth of research and innovation at the national level. The Government has already established a National Council for Research and Innovation as the leading advisory body for the drafting of the national strategy.

Unemployment in Cyprus drops to 8.8% in December 2018

Unemployment in Cyprus decreased to 8.8% (8.5% for males and 9.1% for females) in December 2018, compared to 8.9% in November 2018 and 10.3% in December 2017, according to figures published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In December 2018 in Cyprus 39 000 individuals were unemployed compared to 40 000 in November 2018 and 44 000 in December 2017.

Industrial output up by 2.2% annually in 2018

Industrial output recorded an incrase of 2.2% on an annual basis in 2018, data released by the Cyprus Statistical Service show.

According to the data, the Industrial Output Prices Index for December 2018 reached 102,7 units (base 2015=100), recording a decrease of 0.2% compared to November 2018.

Total new loans up 65.4% in December while interest rates drop

Total new loans recorded an increase of 65.4% in December 2018 compared to the previous month, while lending and deposit rates fell further.

According to figures published by the Central Bank of Cyprus on Friday, total new loans rose to Euros 407.6 million, compared to Euros 246.4 million in the previous month.

EU Commissioner highlights Cyprus role in cybersecurity sector

European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel referred on Thursday to Cyprus important role in the field of cybersecurity, especially in the maritime sector.

Addressing the Digital Economy and Innovation, A Vision of Growth Conference, organized by the Democratic Rally Party (DISY) in Nicosia, she said that the question of cybersecurity is one of the most important ones and added that Cyprus is one of our innovation hubs for cybersecurity, especially in the maritime sector

Restoration of Panagia church to finish in second half of 2019, Technical Committee Head tells CNA

Conservation works in Panagia church, located in the Turkish-occupied village of Ashia, are due to be completed in the second half of 2019, according to Takis Hadjidemetriou, the Greek Cypriot Head of the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage. The church was recently inundated after floods covered half the building under water. According to Hadjidemetriou, the Technical Committee will seek international expertise, to avoid similar incidents in the future.

NASA names two rocks on planet Mars in Cypriot dialect, Dr Charalambous tells CNA

Two rocks on planet Mars were given by NASA names in the Cypriot dialect, thus honoring the work of a Cypriot scientist who works on the NASA InSight mission.

Dr Constantinos Charalambous is a Cypriot planetary scientist born in Limassol and a research member of the Cyprus Space Exploration Organisation (CSEO).

Josie Christodoulou appointed Advisor to MFA on gender mainstreaming

Josie Christodoulou has been appointed an Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs on gender mainstreaming in foreign policy.

A press release issued by the MFA on Friday says that within the framework of the ongoing Ministry of Foreign Affairs reform and the decision on the mainstreaming of the gender dimension in the foreign policy of the Republic of Cyprus, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Christodoulides, has appointed Josie Christodoulou, as Advisor on gender mainstreaming, as of today, on a non-remunerative basis.

Source: Cyprus News Agency

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Cyprus Stock Exchange

_: The Cyprus Stock Exchange (CSE) All Share Index closed at todays stock exchange meeting as follows:

MEETING DATE: 01/02/2019 INDICES BASE VALUES: FTSEMed=5000, OTH

EURO (Euros )

TRADED VALUE:

305.953,14

INDEX

VALUE

% DIFF.

VALUE (Euros )

FTSE/CySE 20

36,820

-2,390

303.933,050

MAIN MARKET INDEX

39,570

-4,470

268.824,610

INVESTMENT COMPANIES MARKET INDEX

1.021,600

-7,740

711,020

CSE GENERAL INDEX

61,450

-2,340

305.257,500

HOTELS INDEX

767,310

0,980

33.517,870

ALTERNATIVE MARKET INDEX

889,960

0,780

36.886,750

FTSE Med (31/01/2019)

4.310,540

0,550

* The second column presents the percentage variation of the indices as compared to the last meeting.

Source: Cyprus News Agency