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01 April 2017

1. President expects social dinner to pave way for resumption of talks

I expect that during the social dinner of Sunday we will have the opportunity to have a resumption of the Cyprus negotiations, President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades said on Thursday, referring to the dinner that UNSG`s Special Advisor for Cyprus Espen Barth Eide will host for the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus. The dinner will be the first encounter of the two men since UN-led peace negotiations were suspended in mid February, when Akinci walked out of the talks. Negotiators of both sides are scheduled to have separate meetings today with UN Secretary General`s Special Representative for Cyprus Espen Barth Eide

2. Nicosia satisfied with EPP resolution adopted in Malta

The resolution that was adopted by the European Peoples Party (EPP) fully satisfies our own expectations, President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades stressed on Thursday in Malta. Addressing earlier the EPP Congress, he noted that the solution of the Cyprus problem should be in full-compliance and without any deviations from European values, principles and the acquis. In the Congress` sidelines, President Anastasiades met on Wednesday with his Ukranian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko.

3. Foreign Secretary discusses Brexit with Cyprus` Foreign Minister

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told his Cypriot counterpart, Ioannis Kasoulides, that Britain will always consider the EU as its partner. During a telephone conversation, on Thursday, the two men discussed Brexit, with Minister Kasoulides making particular reference to UK-Cyprus ties, while reassuring him about Nicosia`s wish for mutually beneficial negotiations regarding UK` exit terms.

4. More than 1,100 refugees in Cyprus since beginning of crisis

More than 1,100 refugees arrived in Cyprus since the beginning of the refugee crisis, Minister of the Interior Socrates Hasikos said on Thursday. While expressing concern over the increasing trend of refugees arriving from Turkey, Hasikos also noted Cyprus` role in effectively addressing migration flows from the Middle East. High Commission for Refugees in Cyprus, Dantew Dessalegne, said from his part that Cyprus is a relatively new host country for refugees.

5. Event n Nicosia marks 60th anniversary of Rome Treaties

An event was organized on Thursday in Nicosia to mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Rome Treaties. Europe must work urgently to address citizens’ security concerns, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Alexandros Zenon said during the event. The Head of the European Commission Representation in Cyprus, George Markopouliotis underlined the need to reflect on the future of the Union and how to safeguard all things achieved together.

6. Innovative promotion of Cyprus` tourism to Dutch agents

Travel agents from the Netherlands are divided in teams, named after the Greek Gods, and compete with each other on a treasure hunt - style expedition, while driving around Cyprus. The concept, promoting Cyprus` tourism, was developed by the Cyprus Tourism Organization office in Amsterdam and asks agents to engage in cooking traditional recipes, craft making, taking photos and videos, while interacting with the locals.

7. Experts discuss cultural diplomacy in Nicosia

Cultural experts from various member states of the Council of Europe gathered Thursday in Nicosia to discuss the potential of cultural diplomacy in international relations. During a two-day conference, the 16th Assembly of stakeholders and experts is also set to discuss the future of the “Compendium Database for Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe”, a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Institute for Comparative Cultural Research (ERICarts).

8. Regional GPD per capita in Cyprus at 81% of EU

Cyprus` Gross Domestic Product stood at €17.637 bln in 2015 and the GDP per capita at €20,800. Taken in Purchasing Power Standards (PPS) GDP stood at 19.943 bln PPS and the GDP per capita at 23,500 PPS, or 81% of the EU median rate, according to Eurostat.

9. Cyprus` current account balance spiked at €942 million in 2016

Cyprus` current account deficit spiked at €941.8 mln in 2016, marking an increase of 82% compared with a deficit of €514 million in 2015, data released on Thursday by the Central Bank show. “The deterioration is mainly due to the trade balance of goods, with imports of goods, mostly ships and aircrafts, being higher in 2016 compared to 2015,” the CBC said.

10. Industrial production records significant annual increase

The Index of Industrial Production for January 2017 reached 74.7 units (base 2010=100), recording an increase of 9.2% compared to January 2016, the Statistical Service of Cyprus said on Thursday. In manufacturing, the index for January 2017 reached 66.5 units, recording an increase of 7.4% compared to the same month last year.CNA