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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-06-16

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <http://www.cyna.org.cy>


CONTENTS

  • [01] EU TRIO - AGRICULTURE MINISTERS
  • [02] GOVERNMENT - INVESTORS
  • [03] UNIVERSITIES - SMALL STATES
  • [04] NEA PAFOS - ANCIENT CITY

  • [01] EU TRIO - AGRICULTURE MINISTERS

    Agriculture Ministers of the upcoming EU Trio Presidency of Poland, Denmark and Cyprus met on June 15 in Copenhagen, discussing the main issues that will emerge throughout the 18-month Presidency, as well as the agenda of each countrys 6-month Program.

    According to an official announcement, the Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment Demetris Eliades represented the Republic of Cyprus. The meeting took place just before Poland assumes the EU Presidency and is a continuation of previous meetings that took place in Warsaw and Nicosia, with the aim of determining the EU Presidencys common 18-month Program.

    The announcement adds that a briefing on CAP reform and the Common Fisheries Policy took place and that each side briefed the participants on the activities of its own 6-month Program.

    Eliades noted that cooperation amongst Trio Presidency countries is essential in contributing to a more efficient handling of the issues in the Presidencys agenda.

    It was also agreed that such meetings should be continued throughout the period of the 18-month Program, the announcement concludes.

    [02] GOVERNMENT - INVESTORS

    Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Antonis Paschalides has pledged the Governments firm commitment towards safeguarding and enhancing the competitiveness of Cyprus as a cost-effective platform for international business operations and a gateway for cross-border investment cooperation across Europe and the Middle East.

    In an address at the Cyprus 2011 Fiduciary Conference, read by of Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver, Spyros Kokkinos, Paschalides told delegates that every effort is expended to reduce bureaucracy and new working methods are adopted in order to make much easier the life of businessmen and of ordinary people.

    At the same time he emphasized the Governments firm commitment towards safeguarding and enhancing the competitiveness of Cyprus as a cost-effective platform for international business operations and a gateway for cross-border investment cooperation across Europe and the Middle East.

    Cyprus, said the Minister, has achieved this international status because of the hard work of our service providers, who have capitalized on some attractive comparative advantages and incentives that our island offers to international business operators and investors``, such as favourable corporate tax regime, liberal foreign investment environment and the islands strategic geographic location, strengthened by its membership of the EU and the eurozone and the well-developed socio-economic infrastructure.

    [03] UNIVERSITIES - SMALL STATES

    State Universities from small EU member-states decided to join forces in a bid to contribute to the development of the society of knowledge by 2020, and to eliminate disadvantages stemming from their small size.

    A total of 23 universities from Luxembug, Malta, Esthonia, Latvia. Lithuania, Slovenia and Cyprus attended the founding assembly of the European Union Universities of Small States (EU2S2), held at the University of Cyprus, in the presence of Cypriot Minister of Education and Culture Andreas Demetriou.

    Addressing the assembly Rector of the University of Cyprus Constantinos Christofides said the target of the Union is to constructively participate and contribute to the EU goals as higher education, research, innovation, economy and governance.

    ``So our scope is to participate and not to isolate our selves from the other universities and other countries of Europe,`` he said.

    [04] NEA PAFOS - ANCIENT CITY

    Archaeological investigations at the precinct of the ancient Hellenistic-Roman theatre of Nea Pafos, in the southwest coast of Cyprus, which concentrated on the edges and to the south of the theatre, resulted to the identification of substantial structures of the ancient city.

    According to an official announcement, the Department of Antiquities of the Ministry of Communications and Works announced the completion of the archaeological investigations at the site. The investigations took place between October 6 and November 17, 2010, by the University of Sydney and under the direction of Emeritus Professor Richard Green, Dr Craig Barker and Dr Smadar Gabrieli.

    The archaeological investigations aimed largely in exploring the relationship between the building and the citys urban infrastructure, and, to this end, a ground penetrating radar (GPR) survey was employed, to record a large area to the south of the theatre.

    It is added that a number of substantial structures were identified, but the damage as a result of earthquakes meant it was difficult to detect the precise outline of the ancient city. It is also noted that excavations continued to the south east of the theatre, where a long narrow building, deemed to be a Roman water fountain house or a nympaeum, has been excavated in recent years.


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