CNA News – CNA – Maria Koniotou – Nicosia 21/02/2019 11:25

AFET EP committee adopts report on Turkey calling for the termination of accession negotiations

The European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee adopted with 47 votes in favor, 7 against and 10 abstentions, the amended report on Turkey, calling upon the European Commission and the European Council to terminate Turkeys candidacy for membership into the EU and instead introduce a special alternative relationship, while maintaining EU funding for the civil society. The report, as amended by the political groups, calls upon Turkey to withdraw occupation troops from Cyprus, return Famagusta to the UN and refrain from sources of friction with its neighbors including the exclusive economic zone.

Diaspora leaders of Cyprus, Greece and Israel to meet on February 26 in Jerusalem

Diaspora leaders of Cyprus, Greece and Israel will hold a round table discussion on February 26 in Jerusalem. The event will take place in parallel with the Jewish Agency for Israel Board of Governors meeting, taking place on February 24-26. The Cypriot delegation, headed by Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou, will comprise National Federation of Cypriots in the UK President Christos Karaolis, President of the Cypriot American Organizations Federation, Kyriakos Papastylianou, and Executive Director of the Hellenic American Leadership Council Endy Zemenides.

Climate change and Cyprus initiative at the focus of President Anastasiades and Professor Sachs meeting

Climate change and Cyprus initiative, as well as sustainable development was the focus of a meeting held on Wednesday at the Presidential Palace between President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and Professor Jeffrey Sachs, world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development and senior UN advisor. A press release by the Presidency said that President Anastasiades outlined his initiative for Cyprus to play a coordinating role in the actions of the countries of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East region to jointly address climate change.

Fund managers take the lion’s share in 15-year bond issuance

Fund Managers took the lion’s share in the issuance of the first ever 15-year bond by Cyprus, with 55% of the allocations, followed by banks (20%) and insurance and pension funds (10%), the Ministry of Finance said on Wednesday. According to the Ministry, the transaction saw a strong and diversified international participation, with domestic investors accounting for only 9% of the final allocations and 27% of the bonds placed in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

Number of flu-related deaths raises to 12 after three more deaths in the past 48 hours

Three more people died in the past two days in Cyprus from type A flu, thus raising the number of flu related deaths to 12, a Ministry of Health press release said. The Ministry noted that all three patients were being treated in state hospitals and had serious underlying health problems. Since December 1, 56 serious flu cases have been recorded and patients were treated in major hospitals.

The fundamental guidelines that should govern the national tourism strategy approved by the Council of Ministers

The fundamental guidelines that should govern the final form of the national tourism strategy until 2030 were approved by the Council of Ministers on Wednesday. At the same time, the Deputy Ministry of Tourism is examining new forms of tourism as well as looking into new markets in an effort to tackle the seasonality issue. Speaking to reporters after the Council of Ministers’ meeting, Deputy Minister of Tourism Savvas Perdios said that the business guidelines of the national tourism strategy have been decided after rigorous consultations at the ministry in the past weeks with tourism stakeholders.

Commissioner for the General Health System announced

The Council of Ministers approved on Wednesday the appointment of Dr. Christodoulos Kaisis as Commissioner for the General Health System to examine and evaluate any complaints or complaints submitted by any interested party. Deputy Government Spokeswoman, Klelia Vasiliou said after the cabinet meeting that the starting date for the appointment is 1st March 2019.

Cabinet approves fund for the protection and insurance of agricultural produce

The creation of a fund for the protection and insurance of agricultural produce was approved on Wednesday by the Council of Ministers. Speaking after the cabinet meeting, Minister of Agriculture Kostas Kadis said that the fund is part of the agricultural insurance reform that has been under discussion for many years and finally comes into implementation with the approval of the relevant bills by the Council of Ministers and taking them before the House of Representatives.

Cyprus trade deficit at Euros 4.2 billion in January � November 2018

Cyprus trade deficit for the period of January � November 2018 amounted to Euros 4.2 billion marking a reduction of 11.8% compared with the period of 2017, the Statistical Service (Cystat) has announced. According to Cystat, total imports in January-November 2018 amounted to Euros 8.274,2 mn as compared to Euros 7.491,0 mn in January-November 2017.

Industrial turnover index presents significant increase in November 2018

The Industrial Turnover Index reached 122,3 units (base 2015=100) in November 2018, increasing by 8.5% compared to November 2017, the Statistical Service of Cyprus said on Wednesday. The Turnover Value Index of Transport and Storage increased by 7.1% between January � December 2018 compared to the corresponding period of 2017, the Statistical Service announced on Wednesday.

Special needs students say no to plastic straws, aim for Cyprus to be first in EU

Students from the Special School of Ayios Spyridonas, in Larnaca, aim for Cyprus to be the first country in the EU to say no to the use of plastic straws in practice. They tour the island on a bus, performing a play which sends the message: Say no to plastic straws. Today’s stop was the Parliamentary Committee of Environment.

Source: Cyprus News Agency