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02 September 2017  

1. Pafos Aphrodite Festival highlights Cyprus’ rich culture and long history, President says

President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades has assured that his Government will continue to support in practice every effort that promotes quality creation, aestheticism, education and the island`s identity. He was addressing yesterday this year`s opera “The Abduction from the Seraglio”, at the magical setting of the Pafos Medieval Castle in the context of Pafos Aphrodite Festival. This event, he noted, is one of the most important ones that highlights the rich culture and long history of the country as a birthplace of culture.

2. Stavros Malas, former Health Minister, announces his candidacy for the 2018 presidential elections

Former Health Minister of Cyprus Stavros Malas officially announced today his candidacy for the 2018 presidential elections, backed by the main opposition left-wing party AKEL. In a special event, held in the capital Nicosia, Malas said he is running for the elections as an independent candidate. “My vision is a future of open horizons for everyone and especially for the younger generation," he noted.

3. House President travels to Brussels on three-day working visit

House of Representatives President Demetris Syllouris is set to have next week separate meetings with European Parliament President and chairmen or co-chairmen of political groups in the European Parliament as well as with European Commissioners on Migration Demetris Avramopoulos and  Humanitarian Aid Christos Stylianides during a three-day working visit, in Brussels.

4. Interior Minister welcomes launch of Arabic service by CNA

Minister of the Interior, Constantinos Petrides, welcomed yesterday the launch of Cyprus News Agency’s service in Arabic, noting that this would strengthen government goals to render Cyprus a bridge in the region.

5. No Cypriots affected so far from the floods in India, Nepal and Bangladesh

According to the communication and information received so far, there is no incident concerning a Cypriot citizen in relation to the floods affecting India, Nepal and Bangladesh, the Foreign Ministry said, yesterday, in a press release. The Ministry is following developments regarding the severe weather phenomena (severe rainfall due to monsoons) and the devastating floods affecting the Indian peninsula and especially the above three countries.

6. Cyprus and Greece Ministers of Culture sign a Memorandum of Cooperation

The Cyprus Minister of Education and Culture Costas Kadis and the Greek Minister of Culture and Sports Lydia Koniordou signed here on Friday a Memorandum of Cooperation on issues of culture.

7. Trade unions urge Cyprus leaders to work for a principled settlement

The Pancyprian Federation of Labour (PEO) and a number of Turkish Cypriot trade unions called on the leaders of the two Cyprus communities to avoid engaging in a blame game and work for a principled solution to the Cyprus problem. Representatives of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot trade unions, who are members of the World Federation of Trade Unions, issued on Friday a Joint Declaration, on the occasion of the International Day of Trade Union Action for Peace, celebrated on September 1st.

8. Government pleased with decline in unemployment

Deputy Government Spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos expressed yesterday contentment over the new figures released by Eurostat on Thursday, showing a decline in unemployment in Cyprus. Papadopoulos noted that the figures encourage the government to continue on the path of development to further reduce unemployment.

9. Lending and deposit rates continue to drop in July

The downward trend in lending and deposit rates continued in July, with marginal reductions in borrowing costs for housing and consumer loans. According to data released yesterday by the Central Bank of Cyprus the interest rate on consumer credit recorded a marginal decrease to 4,22%, compared with 4,23% in the previous month.

10. EAC new tariff system set to reduce electricity bills by 6%

The new tariff system of the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC), in place as of yesterday , will bring an overall reduction of around 6% in electricity bills. EAC Spokesperson Christina Papadopoulou told CNA today that these tariffs will apply for the period until the end of 2017 and will be reviewed by Cyprus Energy Regulatory Authority (CERA) every year and based on EAC`s approved revenues.CNA