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13 October 2017

1. President Anastasiades inaugurates Latin Centre in Nicosia

President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades inaugurated the Latin Centre in Nicosia on Thursday evening, announcing a grant for the operational costs of the cultural centre and assuring that the state cooperation and support would be permanent. In an address, President Anastasiades said he was aware of the difficulties faced by the Latin community and all the problems caused by the Turkish invasion of 1974, and pointed out that his aim was for Cyprus to be a reunified, independent and normal European state, a homeland for all its citizens.

2. President`s forthcoming visit to Moscow is of major importance, Cyprus-Russia Business Association Director tells CNA

Cyprus-Russia Business Association Director Antis Nathanael has described Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades` forthcoming visit to Moscow as enormously important, noting that relations between Cyprus and Russia in the financial sector are more than excellent. In statements to CNA, Nathanael referred to the «Russian – Cyprus Business & Investment Forum» that will take place on Friday in Limassol, noting that it will address the issue of the two countries` cooperation in the financial sector and more specifically on financial services, education, technology, and investments.   

3. House Speaker travels to St. Petersburg for IPU Assembly

House Speaker Dimitris Syllouris, head of a delegation of the Cyprus Parliament, will be travelling to St. Petersburg for the 137th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union to take place  between 14 - 18 October. An announcement issued by the Parliament says that MPs Skevi Koutra-Koukouma, Nikos Tornaritis, Marinos Mousiouttas and Anna Theologou will participate in the delegation.  Director of the House Vasiliki Anastasiadou will be attending a Conference of the Association of Parliamentary Secretaries-General that takes place in the framework of the Assembly.

4. Minister of Justice hails the importance of the European Prosecutors Office and criminal records exchange

Cyprus Minister of Justice and Public Order, Ionas Nicolaou, praised the importance of the decision on creation of the European Public Prosecutor`s Office and the agreement of the Member States on establishing  a central system for the exchange of criminal records concerning convictions against third-country nationals and stateless persons, during EU Justice and Home Affairs Council held in Luxembourg (JHA).

5. Restored Archangelos Michael church in occupied Lefkoniko presented to Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage

The Turkish occupied town of Lefkoniko in the Mesaoria plain of Cyprus celebrated a special day on Thursday as the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage received the newly conserved church during a special ceremony that brought both communities on the island together. Greek Cypriot refugees and Turkish Cypriots who live in the town since the 1974 Turkish invasion, celebrated the end of the conservation works, a project that was undertaken by the European Commission which pledged to continue its support to projects that protect cultural heritage and to promote confidence and trust between the communities in Cyprus.

6. Cypriot households’ expenditure declined in 2015-16

Household spending in the period 2015-2016 decreased significantly, according to the results of the Household Budget Survey 2015-2016, published on Thursday by the Statistical Service of Cyprus. Recreation and culture, clothing and footwear and transport presented the biggest decrease in expenditure, the survey showed.

7. Big increase in total value and total area of building permits issued in first seven months of 2017

The total value of building permits issued in the first seven months of the year increased by 49.2% and the total area by 41.6%, the Statistical Service of Cyprus reported on Thursday. During the period January – July 2017, 3.362 building permits were issued compared to 3.053 in the corresponding period of the previous year, said Cystat.

8. Industrial production rises by 1.4% in the euro area (EA19) and by 1.7% in the EU28, in August 2017

In August 2017 compared with July 2017, seasonally adjusted industrial production rose by 1.4% in the euro area (EA19) and by 1.7% in the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In July 2017, industrial production rose by 0.3% in the euro area, while it fell by 0.3% in the EU28. In August 2017 compared with August 2016, industrial production increased by 3.8% in the euro area and by 3.9% in the EU28.

9. UNHCR launches online information platform for refugees

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has launched “HELP”, an online information platform for refugees and asylum seekers who live in Cyprus. “A mobile-friendly website that is accessible at http://help.unhcr.org/, the “HELP” platform seeks to offer comprehensive, accurate, objective and up-to-date information that is essential for refugees and asylum-seekers in Cyprus,” a UNHCR press release said.

10. Tokyo Olympic Games, the next goal of Cypriot World Champion in sailing

Cypriot sailor and ILCA World Champion in laser class, Pavlos Kontides, has said his aim is to qualify for the next Olympic Games in Tokyo. In an interview with CNA, Kontides, who in September this year won the gold medal in the Men’s Laser Championship in Split Croatia, thus securing his biggest victory in his career, said that his aim in 2018 is the World Championship in Aarhus in Denmark, that will mean the first qualification for the next Olympic Games in Tokyo, in 2020.CNA

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