CNA News – CNA – Rebekah Gregoriades – Nicosia 08/11/2018 13:38

A solution to the Cyprus problem will contribute to a stronger Europe, President stresses

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades stressed on Thursday at the EPP Congress that the Cyprus problem is in effect a European problem, an open wound for Europe, noting that healing this European wound will contribute significantly to a stronger Europe, also in light of the huge prospects in the energy field. On Wednesday, the EPP Congress unanimously adopted an emergency resolution on the Cyprus problem.

US reaffirms policy on Cyprus’ EEZ and supports efforts for Cyprus settlement

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reaffirmed longstanding US policy on resources in the Republic of Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone and also said that the United States continues to support efforts for a solution of the Cyprus problem, a statement issued by the State Department regarding Tuesday’s meeting between Pompeo and Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Christodoulides says. The Minister is continuing his meetings in the United States.

Energy Minister holds talks with big energy firms in London

The Minister for Energy Yiorgos Lakkotrypis has held meetings in London with international energy firms that are involved in gas production at the Republic of Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone, the Cyprus News Agency understands.

Immigration, Brexit and its consequences, top issues that concern EU states

Immigration, Brexit and its consequences are the top issues that concern EU member states in their discussions on EU level. Cyprus, which has the highest number of first-time asylum applicants relative to its population, is particularly concerned with the issue but so far EU countries have not found common ground. According to a competent source from Brussels, northern European countries are reluctant to share the burden with EU Mediterranean countries, which have been at the forefront for years.

Red Cross and CMP to assess needs of families with missing persons in Cyprus

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) have launched a joint Family Needs Assessment (FNA) with families that do not know the fate and whereabouts of their missing relatives in relation to the events of 1963-1964 and 1974.

Only Juncker expresses the Commission’s positions on Turkey, says Chief Spokesman Schinas

President Juncker is the only one expressing the official position of the Commission, European Commission Chief Spokesman Margaritis Schinas stressed on Wednesday during the Commission midday briefing. The Chief Spokesman was invited to comment on statements made by Commissioner Hahns in “Die Welt” newspaper about the possible termination of Turkeys accession negotiations in the future.

Next years EP elections, crucial for Europe’s future, EU institutions say

The 2019 European Parliament elections to take place 23-26 of May 2019 are probably the most crucial ones in the history of the EU. The main concern of the EU institutions is Euroscepticism, the rise of political forces that are openly opposed to the European idea but also the misinformation and fake news that damage the image of the EU.

Non-performing facilities down by Euros 24 million in July 2018

Banks’ Non-performing facilities (NPFs) decreased by Euros 24 million in July 2018 to Euros 16.61 billion from Euros 16.63 billion in the previous month, according to figures released on Wednesday by the Central Bank of Cyprus.

Europe, the largest donor of humanitarian aid, Commissioner Stylianides says

Europe is the world’s largest donor of humanitarian aid, offering relief assistance to millions of people in need around the world as a result of conflicts or natural disasters. EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides has said that European citizens should feel proud of the work that is being done.

Strong growth momentum continues in Cyprus, according to Commission Autumn forecast

The European Commission forecasts the maintaining the dynamics of robust economic activity in Cyprus, with growth rates reaching 3.9% in 2018, 3.5% in 2019 and 2.9% in 2020, in its autumn economic forecasts that it made public in Brussels today.

Source: Cyprus News Agency