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09 May 2017

1. UN Spokesman on President Anastasiades` comments about Eide

UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Monday that  UNSG’s Special Advisor for Cyprus Espen Barth Eide continues to do his job with the upmost confidence from UNSG Antonio Guterres. The Spokesman was replying to a question at the daily briefing about remarks made by President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades on Sunday. Meanwhile, Deputy Government Spokesman, Victor Papadopoulos confirmed that President Nicos Anastasiades is writing a letter addressed to the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. He recalled that the President, in his statements yesterday was clear about its content.

2. EBRD Annual Meeting begins in Nicosia

The works of the Annual Meeting and Business Forum of the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) begin on Tuesday in Nicosia and will last until 11 May, with theme of the meeting being “Targeting Green and Inclusive Growth: Meeting Regional and Global Challenges”. This is the first annual conference of an international financial institution in Cyprus and government representatives, business people, civil society organisations, experts and international and local media are expected to attend. At the Annual Meeting, the Bank’s shareholders take decisions about the EBRD’s strategy and operations.

3. Cyprus and Luxembourg object to a proposed EU common corporate tax base directive

Cyprus and Luxembourg, two of the EU`s financial centres, on Monday cautioned against the implementation of the proposed Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCTB) in the European Union. “Cyprus believes that we should be very cautious and very careful when it comes to corporate taxation,” Cypriot Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said during a joint press conference with his Luxembourg countrpart Pierre Gramegna.

4. CERD welcomes Cyprus` progress regarding implementation of the Convention to eliminate racial discrimination

The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), meeting in Geneva, has welcomed the progress Cyprus has achieved in relation to a number of recommendations since its last evaluation of Cyprus concerning the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

5. EU participation the greatest guarantee for our own existence, Foreign Minister tells CNA

For a small state like Cyprus, EU participation is the greatest guarantee for its own existence, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides has told CNA on the occasion of Europe Day. In 2017 Europe is exiting the crisis, Head of the European Commission`s Representation in Cyprus, Georgios Markopouliotis told the Agency. The Head of the European Parliament`s Office in Cyprus, Andreas Kettis, has called on people to stop deriding the EU, noting that since its existence, the EU has improved substantially the lives of the European citizens.

6. Nicosia to welcome CoE Foreign Ministers as Chairmanship draws to a close

Nicosia prepares to welcome later this month Foreign Ministers from the 47 members states of the Council of Europe (CoE), who will be attending the closing session of the Cyprus Chairmanship of the CoE`s Committee of Ministers. As CNA learns, the 127th Ministerial session will be attended by Greece`s Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, along with his counterparts from Armenia, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Georgia.

7. EC needs detailed application to grant funds to repair road within buffer zone at Dherynia and Lefka

The European Commission is ready to grant the funds for the work needed to repair the road within the UN-controlled buffer zone at both Dherynia and Lefka checkpoints but it requires a detailed application as regards the funding, Commission sources has told CNA.

8. Commissioner Fotiou calls on Ankara to help establish the fate of missing persons in Cyprus

Presidential Commissioner for Humanitarian Issues and Overseas Cypriots, Fotis Fotiou, has called on Turkey to contribute in a constructive way to the solution of the humanitarian issue of missing persons in Cyprus. He said that Turkey needs to make concrete steps towards this end such as to grand permission for access to the archives of the Turkish army where useful information can be found about missing persons.

9. Cyprus teams up with 5 EU member-states of the South for access to cheaper medicines

Cyprus and five other Member States of the European South have decided to work together and collaborate with the aim to give European citizens access to cheaper innovative medicines. An announcement issued on Tuesday by the Press and Information Office in Nicosia says that Cyprus Health Minister Yiorgos Pamporidis initiated the effort with a letter he sent to European Health Commissioner Vitenis Adriakaytis  in April 2016.

10. Cyprus ranks 4th in the ISSF Shotgun World Cup in Larnaka

The third and last leg of the ISSF World Cup Series was officially closed in Larnaka on Sunday, while the Larnaca Shooting Club that hosted the Games was credited with their success. As stated in an announcement by the Cyprus Shooting Federation (CSSF) ,180 foreign officials and escorts and more than 450 athletes and viewers from 63 countries, left Cyprus with the best impressions congratulating the organizers on the smooth running of the Games.CNA