CNA News – CNA – Thalia Neophytou – Nicosia 02/06/2019 15:01

Cyprus introduces a universal health system

Everything ran smoothly and as planned at the launch of the National Health Plan (NHS) on Saturday, according to the first statements of both the Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou and officials responsible for the implementation of what was described as the biggest social reform since the establishment of the Republic in 1960. After waiting for so many years we finally start, said Health Minister Konstantinos Ioannou in his statement at noon on Saturday, adding that the first of June 2019, when the implementation of the first phase of NHS had started, was a historic day for the country.

President: Cyprus and Russia aim to find new areas of cooperation

Cyprus and Russia aim to find new areas of mutually beneficial cooperation and to strengthen existing synergies, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades said on Saturday, addressing the 14th Cyprus-Russian Festival in Limassol. During the opening ceremony of the Festival, the President said that the two countries and their peoples had deep and long-lasting historical, political, cultural and religious ties, which proved to be resilient both in time and through a number of challenges.

Situation in Deneia quiet on Sunday, local authorities tell CNA

Situation in the village of Deneia appears to be quiet on Sunday, according to the local authorities.

Denia community leader, Christakis Panayiotou, told CNA that there were no new provocations from the Turkish occupation regime in the ceasefire line, following United Nations interventions yesterday, in connection with Turkish provocative actions in rural land cultivated by Greek Cypriot farmers. Panayiotou noted that Greek Cypriots have been cultivating the land for eight years now and they are receiving funds from the European Union.

?CSA Vice President calls for political solution to Turkey’s unilateral action against Cyprus shipping

European Community Shipowners Association’s (ECSA) Vice President and President-elect Claes Berglund has called for a political solution to Turkey’s unilateral actions against Cypriot shipping which have been in place since 1987. Berglund spoke to CNA on the occasion of his presence in Cyprus to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Cyprus Shipping Chamber that marked its 30th anniversary. He stressed that in view of the new European Commission, the EU should contemplate concentrating dossiers concerning shipping under a new Commissioner responsible for shipping.

Cyprus second in the 2019 GSSE medal list

Cyprus finished second in the 18th Games of Small State of Europe (GSSE) which wrapped up Saturday in Budva, Montenegro. Cyprus finished runner-up with 64 medals (21 gold, 27 silver and 16 bronze) behind Luxemburg that toped the medal list with a total of 76 medals. Iceland finished third with 57 medals. Cyprus slotted second in the Games’ final day, clinching four gold medals, three silver and one bronze medal, overcoming Iceland in the medals tally.

Source: Cyprus News Agency