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02 October 2017

1. Famagusta should not be associated with other issues, says Mayor Galanos

Mayor of the Turkish occupied town of Famagusta, Alexis Galanos, said it would be a great mistake to associate the issue of Famagusta it with any issue raised by the Turkish side as it may be used as a bait in the direction of recognition of the illegal regime in the north. Speaking after being received by President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades, Galanos said that the President informed him on the latest developments on the Cyprus problem and they paid special emphasis on issues concerning Famagusta which Anastasiades discussed with the UN Secretary General and the letters that were exchanged on Famagusta.

2. We strive to improve living conditions for all, Labour Minister assures

Despite the many positive developments and the measures that have been taken to improve the living conditions of all in the society, challenges are still there and we keep on fighting to tackle them, Labour Minister  Zeta Amilianidou has said in a speech that was read by Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, during a press conference on Wednesday, on the occasion of  World Seniors Day.

3. WHO expresses support to Cyprus’ reforms in the health sector

The World Health Organization (WHO) fully supports Cyprus’ reforms in the health sector, Zsuzsanna Jakab, the WHO Regional Director for Europe, said on Tuesday. Speakign in the margins of a two-day seminar, in Nicosia, on “Policy Dialogue on Health System and Public Health Reform in Cyprus”, Jakab congratulated the country for introducing relevant laws, aiming to establish a General Health Scheme.

4. House of Representatives pledges to support Serbia`s s EU accession process

The House of Representatives has expressed its readiness to support Serbia’s European Integration Committee.
 A delegation of the European Integration Committee is visiting the House of Representatives of the Republic of Cypress at the invitation of the Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign and European Affairs Yiorgos Lillikas. During the visit, the delegation met with the President of the House of Representatives Demetris Syllouris and Chairman and members of the House Committee on Foreign and European Affairs, acting foreign minister, Minister of Defence Christoforos Fokaides and local dignitaries of Nicosia and Famagusta.

5. Insolvency Service and Troika discuss the results of the implementation of the insolvency framework

The results of the implementation of the insolvency framework was at the centre of the discussion between head of the Insolvency Service, Yiorgos Karotsakis and Troika representatives (IMF, European Commission, ECB), in the framework of the third post surveillance mission in Cyprus. Speaking to CNA after the meeting at the Ministry of Finance in the presence of representatives of the Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism and the Central Bank of Cyprus, Karotsakis said that he briefed Troika on how the tools of the insolvency framework work and the results so far.

6. President sends congratulatory letter to Merkel

President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades sent Monday a congratulatory letter to Angela Merkel for the victory of the Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union at the federal elections in Germany.In his letter, President Anastasiades congratulates Merkel for the victory of the Christian Democratic Union/ Christian Social Union at the federal elections for the 19th Bundestag held on 24 September 2017.

7. FM concludes working visit to Moldova

Minister of Foreign Affairs Ioannis Kasoulides has paid a working visit to Moldova. According to a press release by the Foreign Ministry, Kasoulides` schedule included a meeting with his counterpart, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Moldova, Andrei Galbur, with whom he had the chance to discuss bilateral and international issues. He also met with Prime Minister of the country,  Pavel Filip, and President of the Republic of Moldova, Igor Dodon.

8. 100% of primary school pupils and 98% in the lower secondary level in Cyprus learn a foreign language

In 2015, almost 19 million primary school pupils (or 84% of all the pupils at this level) in the European Union (EU) were studying at least one foreign language, including 1 million (around 5%) who were studying two foreign languages or more. In Cyprus 100% of the primary school pupils learn a foreign language (91.2% just one and another 8.8% two or more), which is English for the 99.8% of them and French for the 2.3%.

9. Cyprus to celebrate Researchers` Night

The Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation is organizing on Friday for the eleventh consecutive year the event called `Researchers’ Night`, which also takes place simultaneously in over 300 cities across Europe and in neighbouring countries. Dr Vassilis Tsakalos, Director General of the Research Promotion Foundation, told CNA that the event, which is supported by the European Commission, attracts the interest of thousands of people who wish to be informed about research and innovation and their contribution to the modern society`s everday living.CNA