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14 October 2017

1. Our goal is to raise the bar for growth and prosperity higher, FinMin says

Cypriot Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said on Thursday evening that economic recovery and growth is not made up but it is real and very promising, because it is the outcome of the good performance of nearly all the productive sectors, noting at the same time that the future goal would be “raising the bar for growth, prosperity and prospects much higher.” Meanwhile, the debate on 2018 state budget begins on Monday before the House Committee on Financial and Budgetary Affairs.

2. House plenary adopts resolution on the abolition of guarantees

The House of Representatives plenary approved, on Friday, by majority, a resolution seeking to abolish the guarantees of the Republic of Cyprus and demilitarise the island. The resolution calls on Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades to seek a solution which will no longer allow for the continuation of guarantees or include any other foreign guarantees or allow the presence of foreign troops on the island.

3. Browder issue not the best for bilateral relations, Russian Ambassador says

The issue which arose with multimillionaire Bill Browder shortly before President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades is to visit Moscow, was “no so good for our bilateral relations,” Russian Ambassador Stanislav Osadchiy said on Friday. Speaking in Limassol, on the sidelines of the Cyprus-Russia Business and Investment Forum, and invited to comment on the issue, Osadchiy said “it is not a disagreement with Cyprus, it is a disagreement between Russia and Browder.”

4. EU Commissioner Stylianides praises capabilities of Cyprus` Civil Defence

European Union Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides, has praised Cyprus` Civil Defence capabilities, saying it can serve the scope of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.  Stylianides was speaking after visiting the Civil Defence Headquarters in Nicosia, accompanied by Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides, who commended the Civil Defence Department for the steps it has undertaken in the past few years.

5. Minister of Agriculture accepts Cyprus` share in CO2 reduction, but expects EU aid

Cyprus will accept its share of the EU`s greenhouse gas reduction targets, but the EU has to support Cyprus, as the costs for this endeavour may be higher than what other Member States face, stated Minister for Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment, Nikos Kougialis during the Council of Environment Ministers in Luxembourg.

6. Relations between Russia and Cyprus the focus of a Business Investment Forum

The excellent ties between Cyprus and Russia and ways to further enhance them were at the focus on Friday of a Cyprus - Russia Business Investment Forum that took place in Limassol. "Our countries share a long-standing partnership at all levels and in all fields: a partnership founded on concrete and deeply-entrenched historical, political, economic, cultural and religious ties," Transport, Communications and Works Minister Marios Demetriades said addressing the forum.

7. Government labour force records small increase in September

The government labour force increased by 152 persons in September, compared to the previous month, figures released on Friday by the Statistical Service of Cyprus show. The total of the government labour force increased to 50.451 in the ninth month of the year, from 50.299 in August,  due to an increase in the number of casual staff, from 14.351 in August to 14.626 in September. The number of the permanent staff went down to 35.825 in September from 35.948 in August.

8. The establishment of the Republic of Cyprus commemorated in Canberra

The High Commissioner of Cyprus in Canberra, Martha Mavrommatis, hosted a reception on the occasion of the 57th anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of Cyprus. Foreign diplomats, members of the Cypriot community in Australia and representatives of the Australian Foreign Ministry as well of the academic community were invited.CNA

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