The EU stands united behind Cyprus and expects Turkey to respect sovereign rights of the Member States
The EU expects Turkey to respect Member States sovereign rights, European Council President D.Tusk warned Ankara after a discussion of the EU27 on the issue of Turkeys illegal activities in the EEZ of Cyprus. The EU will follow these event closely said the European Council President during the final Press conference of the informal European Council in Sibiu.
Earlier, the EU partners responded positively to the President of the Republic, Nikos Anastasiades, following his intervention at the Sibiu Summit.
Earlier, President Nicos Anastasiades told CNA that he hoped the leaders would approve “something that dignifies Europe in the eyes of all Europeans.” “Diplomacy first”, said on the issue of Turkish illegal activities in the Cypriot EEZ, Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras.
European Council is putting Turkey under supervision, Government Spokesman says
Today the European Council is putting Turkey under supervision, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromos said after the Sibiu summit, expressing President Anastasiades full satisfaction with the support he received from his counterparts.
President Nicos Anastasiades has asked his EU counterparts to examine concrete measures against individuals and companies involved in exploratory drilling in the exclusive economic zone of Cyprus, a diplomatic source which wished to remain anonymous, told the press in Sibiu.
President Anastasiades discussed Turkey with EU Leaders on the sidelines of Sibiu Summit, Prodromou says
President of the Republic Nikos Anastasiades held today a series of bilateral contacts on the sidelines of the Sibiu Summit in Romania, where he raised the need for the EU to move on to planned measures, instead of just verbal messages against Turkey, which are ignored.
According to government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou, there was a positive response from the partners in the Informal European Council, as well as a universal solidarity with Cyprus, but also a condemnation of Turkeys unlawful actions.
Foreign Minister says developments expected in next few days regarding Cyprus’ energy program
Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides said on Thursday that developments should be expected in the next few days, concerning the energy program of the Republic of Cyprus.
Speaking on Wednesday, on the sidelines of an event for Europe Day, in Nicosia, Christodoulides also referred to the Turkish activity in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone and said that the President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades will have the chance to discuss with his counterparts the next steps concerning the response of the EU, at the informal European Council, in Romania. In another development, UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has expressed concern over Turkey’s decision to drill for hydrocarbons in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EZZ) of the Republic of Cyprus.
Actions such as Turkey’s in Cyprus’ EEZ cannot be tolerated, says Acting President
Acting President and House of Representatives President Demetris Syllouris said on Thursday evening that actions such as the ones of Turkey in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) cannot be tolerated as they jeopardize peace in the region.
Cyprus looking to develop even further educational ties with the UK, says House President
President of the House of Representatives Demetris Syllouris underlined the significance that Cyprus attaches to its higher education sector in general and to developing further the already close educational ties and collaboration with the UK, in particular.
He was addressing a conference by the British Council to present the findings of the Higher Education and Research Forum: The future of UK-Cyprus collaboration post-Brexit, in February.
Trade deficit declines in the first two months of the year
Cyprus trade deficit narrowed by Euros 180 mn in the first two months of the year and stood at Euros 658,0 mn compared with Euros 838,0 mn in the corresponding period of 2018, the Statistical Service said on Thursday.
According to Cystat, total imports in January-February 2019 increased to Euros 1.370,4 mn compared with Euros 1.233,9 mn in January-February 2018, while total exports rose to Euros 712,4 mn from Euros 395,9 mn in the same period of 2018.
Consumption expenditure, prices and employment in Services rise in Cyprus since 2000
Consumption expenditure in Cyprus has increased gradually following a decline in the period of the financial crisis, during which employment in the Services sector also increased. Meanwhile Cyprus is among EU’s member states with a small increase in the prices of products and services.
These are some of the statistics included in the Statistical Service’s publication The European economy since the start of the millennium -a statistical portrait”, published on the occasion of Europe Day, celebrated on 9 May. Motor vehicles registrations was also down by 9.4% in the first four months
Artificial Intelligence is already here, speakers say at Reflect Festival
Artificial intelligence is already here, said speakers at the Reflect Festival, the largest two- day future casting festival between Southern Europe and the Middle East, that began on Thursday in the coastal town of Limassol.
For the topic there were presentations by Dawid Kotur, CEO and Co-founder at Curvestone, Uri Eliabayev, Founder at Machine and Deep learning Israel, Michael R. Virardi, Speaker, Trainer, Author, Stefan van der Fluit, Business development at PolyAI and George Christou, Associate Professor at European University Cyprus.
Source: Cyprus News Agency