CNA News – CNA – Nicosia 05/04/2018 17:08

EP delegation lends support to efforts to locate remains of missing persons in Cyprus

A delegation of the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) expressed on Wednesday support for the work of the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP), during a visit to Cyprus. The delegation visited the CMP anthropological lab and had a meeting with the House President, Parliamentarians, the FM and relatives of the missing persons.

Cyprus to protest construction of Akkuyu nuclear power plant, Government Spokesman tells CNA

The Republic of Cyprus will make the necessary representations and protests towards every direction against the construction and operation of the nuclear power plant in Akkuyu, in southern Turkey, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou has told the Cyprus News Agency (CNA).

Replying to a question in light of the ceremony of Turkeys first nuclear power plant in Akkuyu that was held on Tuesday, Prodromou said that the decision for the construction and operation of this nuclear power plant, on the southern coast of Turkey “raises concerns for a possible impact in terms of safety because such a power plant in this area affects our country much more than the largest part of the Turkish territory.”

Normalisation of relations with Turkey does not affect relations with Cyprus, Russian Ambassador says

At this moment, Russia is entering the state of smooth relations with Turkey, but this does not affect Moscow’s relations with Cyprus and its positions on the Cyprus problem, Russian Ambassador in Nicosia Stanislav Osadchiy has said.Osadchiy noted that the Cyprus problem is scheduled to be discussed between the Presidents of Russia and Turkey, during the former’s visit to Turkey.

Government’s Euros 2.5 billion Coop deposit a message to depositors, Spokesman tells CNA [VIDEO]

By depositing Euros 2.5 billion in the Cyprus Cooperative Bank, the government wished to convey a message that it supports the bank and its depositors, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou told CNA, on Wednesday. In statements after having paid Cyprus News Agency a visit and replying to a question on the matter Prodromou said that now the state is the biggest depositor of the bank.

UK’s former Prime Minister Blair meets President Anastasiades

UK’s former Prime Minister Tony Blair was received by President Nicos Anastasiades at the Presidential Palace on Wednesday.We had an excellent time with the President said Blair, who is paying a private visit to Cyprus. We obviously discussed issues concerning Cyprus and the region and also the strong ties between our two countries and the importance of keeping those ties in a very good condition he told the press after the meeting, noting that the Cypriot community is hugely respected in the UK.

CoE Committee sees progress on minority languages protection in Cyprus

A Committee of Experts has observed progress in the protection of minority languages in Cyprus, recommending further steps to expand the teaching of these languages and to strengthen their presence in broadcasting.”The overall atmosphere in Cyprus with regard to the minority languages is very positive, says a new report of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts under the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages published together with the Recommendation by the Committee of Ministers,” a Council of Europe press release says.

Government expects to be briefed by UNFICYP on new procedure for humanitarian aid to the enclaved, Photiou tells CNA

The government expects to be officially briefed by the UN peace-keeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) concerning the new procedure regarding the dispatch of humanitarian aid to enclaved Greek Cypriots, Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou has told CNA. Photiou was asked to comment on a decision taken on Tuesday by the illegal Turkish Cypriot regime to revoke a decision which imposed a levy on humanitarian aid delivered from the southern government-controlled areas of the Republic to Greek Cypriots and Maronites living in the northern Turkish occupied part of the island. In statements, the self-styled foreign minister Kudret Ozesay referred to Tuesdays decision.

Cyprus records largest annual unemployment decrease in the EU for February , at 9.6% form 12.6% a year ago

Cyprus registered the largest annual unemployment decrease for February 2018, (from 12.6% to 9.6% or from 43 000 individuals to 41 000) according to Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. Unemployment in Cyprus was 10.0 in January 2018 and 10.5% in December 2017. Meanwhile, the euro area (EA19) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 8.5% in February 2018, down from 8.6% in January 2018 and from 9.5% in February 2017. This is the lowest rate recorded in the euro area since December 2008.

Retail trade up by 0.1% in the eurozone in February, up by 2.1% in Cyprus in January

In February 2018 compared with January 2018, the seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade increased by 0.1% in the euro area (EA19) and by 0.2% in the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In January, the retail trade volume fell by 0.3% in the euro area, remained unchanged in the EU28 and increased for Cyprus by 2.1% (latest available country data).

Industrial producer prices increase by 0.1% in the euroarea, decrease by -0.2% in Cyprus in February

In February 2018, compared with January 2018, industrial producer prices rose by 0.1% in the euro area (EA19), remained stable in the EU28 and decreased in Cyprus by -0.2%, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In January 2018, prices increased by 0.4% in both zones and remained stable in Cyprus. In February 2018, compared with February 2017, industrial producer prices rose by 1.6% in the euro area, by 1.8% in the EU28 and decreased by -0.6% in Cyprus.

Source: Cyprus News Agency