CNA News – CNA – Rebekah Gregoriades – CYPRUS/Nicosia 09/05/2019 12:21

President to raise Turkeys illegal actions in EEZ at Informal European Council in Romania

President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades is in Sibiu, Romania, where he will participate in the deliberations of the Informal European Council, during which he will raise the issue of the recent illegal actions by Turkey in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Cyprus. On Thursday, he met with Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Council President Donald Tusk and the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. Meanwhile, Defence Minister Savvas Angelides said the government will not be carried away with actions that create tension in the region. Turkey’s actions are being continuously condemned. On Wednesday they were condemned by UK politicians and European Green Party co-leading candidate, Greens/EFA co-president Ska Keller. Furthermore, the UK has urged parties involved in the Cyprus issue talks to act with a sense of urgency in progressing towards a settlement.

Lavrov is planning to visit Cyprus, Russian Ambassador tells CNA

Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov is planning to pay a visit to Cyprus during which agreements will be signed between the two countries, Russian Ambassador to Cyprus Stanislav Osadchiy has told the Cyprus News Agency (CNA), adding that no date has been set yet for this visit.

Cyprus President appeals for information on missing persons

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has appealed for information on missing persons whose place of rest may be located within the areas controlled by the Republic of Cyprus stressing that such information can be given to him personally and under condition of anonymity. At the same time, he expressed the hope that the Turkish Cypriot side will have the same constructive position.

Deputy Minister for shipping ascertains rising confidence in the Cypriot flag

The considerable increase of ship management revenue from ships under the Cypriot flag show the rising vote of confidence of ship management companies in the Cypriot registry, Deputy Minister for Shipping Natasa Pilides told CNA.

The Future of Work discussed at a workshop in Nicosia

The future of work, especially the introduction of digital and robotic technology in the economy, which is expected to form a new network of industrial relations, was the focus of a workshop organized on Wednesday by the Ministry of Welfare, Labour and Social Insurance, in collaboration with the University of Nicosia School of Law, to mark 100 years since the International Labour Organization (ILO) was founded in 1919.

Waste management is not so complicated, says Cyprus’ Environment Commissioner

Cyprus Environment Commissioner Ioanna Panayiotou sent on Wednesday the message that waste management is not so complicated, provided there are the right political decisions, will and coordination between the state, local authorities, businesses and citizens.

“Reflect”, largest future festival in the region, begins in Limassol

Reflect Festival, the largest two- day future casting festival between Southern Europe and the Middle East, begins on Thursday in the coastal town of Limassol.

GDP to expand by 3.5% and 3.4% in 2019 and 2020, UCY’s ERC estimates

The Cypriot economy is projected to grow at robust rates in 2019 and 2020, albeit at a somewhat slower pace vis-A�-vis the growth rate of 3.9% registered in 2018, University of Cyprus Economic Research Centre said in its May Economic Outlook, while upgrading by 0.4 percentage points its earlier projection for the GDP growth in the current year.

CO2 emissions in the EU decreased in 2018, compared with 2017

Eurostat estimates that in 2018 carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil fuel combustion significantly decreased by 2.5% in the European Union (EU), compared with the previous year. CO2 emissions are a major contributor to global warming and account for around 80% of all EU greenhouse gas emissions. In Cyprus the decrease was 0.8 (Cyprus amounts to the 0.2% of the EU total). In Greece the decrease was 3.6% (at 2.1% of the EU total.

Statistics: Tourism revenue and building permits up

Tourism revenue for the first two months of 2019 reached Euros 92 million compared to Euros 91.1 million in the first two months of 2018, recording a small annual increase of 1%, according to the Statistical Service. It also said building permits issued by the municipal authorities and the district administration offices in the first two months of 2019 reached 1,069 making an increase of 8.6% compared with the respective period of 2018.

Source: Cyprus News Agency