CNA News – CNA – Rebekah Gregoriades – CYPRUS/Nicosia 27/06/2019 12:43

Turkey’s illegal actions in the Cyprus’ EEZ at the centre of the Greek National Council on Foreign Affairs

The Greek National Council on Foreign Affairs was convened on Wednesday, June 26, to discuss the recent developments regarding Turkey’s illegal actions in the Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and the Greek-Turkish relations.

Amendments to Menendez/Rubio bill on Eastern Med are unfortunate, President says

President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades described on Thursday the amendments made to the bipartisan legislation authored by Robert Menendez and Senator Rubio on an updated United States’ strategy in the Eastern Mediterranean as unfortunate. The bill, which would allow the US to fully support the trilateral partnership of Israel, Greece, and Cyprus through energy and defence cooperation initiatives, including by lifting the prohibition on arms transfers to the Republic of Cyprus, received the green light by the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee and will be forwarded to the Full Senate. Nicosia said it is particularly important that US recognises the role of Republic of Cyprus in the Southeastern Mediterranean.

Cyprus strongly protests to UN airspace and sea violations by Turkey

Cyprus has strongly protested to the UN the violations of its national airspace, the infringements of international air traffic regulations in Cyprus’s flight information region and the illegal use of closed ports and airports in Cyprus by Turkey.

Council of Ministers gives green light to ESTIA scheme

The Council of Ministers gave the go ahead to a government scheme titled Estia aiming to assist borrowers with non-performing loans collateralised with primary residences to repay their loans. As of today, the Estia scheme is on track for implementation, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said speaking to the press following a Council of Ministers meeting.

Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot political parties pay tribute to Demetris Christofias

The leaders and the representatives of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot political parties who met on Wednesday for their regular meeting at the Ledra Palace, in Nicosia buffer zone, paid tribute to the former President of the Republic of Cyprus and Secretary-General of AKEL, Demetris Christofias, who passed away on Friday at the age of 72.

IPAC starts operations in Cyprus to deal with asylum appeals

The International Protection Administrative Court (IPAC) started operations on 18 June as the new judicial authority competent for examining asylum appeals in Cyprus, Minister of the Interior Constantinos Petrides has said.

Cyprus to set up Deputy Ministry for Digital Strategy, Research and Innovation, President says

A bill providing for the creation of Deputy Ministry for Digital Strategy, Research and Innovation will be tabled to the Council of Ministers for approval shortly, President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades has said.

Any increase in prices of flight tickets will have a negative effect on Cyprus’ air connectivity, Minister warns

A potential increase in the prices of flight tickets will have a negative effect on Cyprus’ air connectivity, with an immediate impact on tourism, Transport Minister Vassiliki Anastasiadou warned on Wednesday, addressing the 29th ACI (Airports Council International) Europe Assembly, Congress and Exhibition.

Bicommunal “Imagine” programme brings together 3,665 students and 397 teachers

Educational bicommunal programme Imagine which addresses primary, lower and upper secondary and vocational schools managed to bring together 3,665 students and 397 teachers from more than a hundred Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot schools from all areas of Cyprus in the last two academic years, a press release issued on behalf of the bicommunal Technical Committee on Education has said.

Central Bank revises growth forecast, economic sentiment down, retail trade goes up

The Central Bank of Cyprus has revised its forecast for GDP growth for 2019 down to 3.5% from 3.7% it estimated last December. The University of Cyprus said the economic sentiment in Cyprus declined for the second consecutive month in June. Meanwhile, the Statistical Service said the retail trade continued its upward trend in the fourth month of the year.

Source: Cyprus News Agency