CNA News – CNA – Rebekah Gregoriades – CYPRUS/Nicosia 07/05/2019 12:18

President describes Turkish activities in Cyprus’ EEZ as a second invasion, prepares to seek support from EU

President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades has described Turkish activities in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone as a second invasion and will seek political support during the informal European Council in Romania, in consultation with President of the European Council, Donald Tusk and following a decision by the Sherpas (representatives) of Heads of State and Government. Meanwhile, Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Christodoulides said on Monday that the Republic of Cyprus is monitoring the moves of Turkish vessel Fatih (Conqueror) in cooperation with other states, and announced that President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades will be convening the National Council on Saturday. Furthermore, President of the House of Representatives Demetris Syllouris has urged his counterparts to exercise their influence towards Turkey to refrain from its illegal activities.

UN following Turkish movements, European Parliament and Commission also react

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is monitoring developments following Turkeys decision to send ships for drilling operations around Cyprus with concern, his spokesperson Stephane Dujarric has said, adding that “the Secretary-General urges efforts to be made to reduce tensions.” Meanwhile, European Parliament President Antonio Tajani has called on Turkey to refrain from illegal activities, while European External Action Service and European Commission Spokesperson Maja Kocijiancic stated that “diplomatic contacts and engagement will continue”. France and Italy also reacted to Turkey’s provocations on Monday.

President appoints new Police chief and deputy chief

President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades on Monday appointed Kypros Michaelides as the new Police chief and Stylianos Papatheodorou, as the new deputy chief of the force.

Cabinet gives green light to Shipping Deputy Ministry for ship upgrading plan

The Cabinet authorized on Monday the Shipping Deputy Ministry to come up with a De Minimis plan that will allow ship companies, which carry over one and a half million tourists per year, to upgrade their vessels.

President Anastasiades most important political aim is to reach a comprehensive Cyprus solution

President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades has said that his most important political aim has always been, and will continue to be, to reach a viable, functional and comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem. Accepting the credentials of the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Cambodia to the Republic of Cyprus, stationed in Paris, Dr Widhya Chem during a formal ceremony at the Presidential Palace, President Anastasiades further said that the present status quo is not a sustainable option.

EU member states spent in 2017 Euros 31.2 billion of government expenditure for fire-protection services

EU 28 member states spent Euros 31.2 billion of government expenditure for fire-protection services in 2017, whilst almost 300,000 persons were employed as fire fighters in the European Union (EU).

St. Mamas casket, saved from auction, to be handed over on May 14 to its rightful owner, the Metropolis of Morphou

A casket with the relics of saints originally from St Mamas church in Morphou will be returned to its rightful owner, the Metropolis of Morphou, on May 14 a German auction house announced on Monday.

Economic sentiment improves in April, UCY’s ERC says

The economic sentiment in Cyprus improved by 2.4 points in April mainly owing to the strengthened business confidence in the services sector, the University of Cyprus’ Economic Research Centre (ERC) has said.

Volume of retail trade unchanged in euro area, up by 0.3% in EU28

?he seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade remained unchanged in the euro area (EA19) in March 2019 compared with February 2019, and increased by 0.3% in the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In February 2019, the retail trade volume increased by 0.5% in both the euro area and EU28 and by 0.3% in Cyprus (latest available data). In March 2019 compared with March 2018, the calendar adjusted retail sales index increased by 1.9% in the euro area. by 2.9% in the EU28. The annual increase in Cyprus was 1.7% for February 2019 (latest available data).

Source: Cyprus News Agency