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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 12-02-28

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


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  • [01] Markoullis participates in EU External Affairs Council
  • [02] EU: Cyprus must comply with EU Directives on internal energy market
  • [03] Commission warns Cyprus, Austria, Greece over Blue Card Directive

  • [01] Markoullis participates in EU External Affairs Council

    The situation in Syria, developments in Egypt and relations between Serbia and Kosovo were the main issues discussed at Monday`s EU External Affairs Council.

    Addressing the Council, Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs Erato Kozakou Markoullis deplored the increasing violence which has cost many lives, and called for the respect of the human rights of the Syrian people.

    She added that Cyprus fully supports the actions of the Arab League in efforts to reach a solution and noted that the deterioration of the situation would lead to a critical humanitarian crisis with repercussions on neighbouring countries. In its conclusions, the Council expresses concern over developments and calls on the Syrian opposition to enhance its coordination

    [02] EU: Cyprus must comply with EU Directives on internal energy market

    The European Commission sent Monday reasoned opinions to eight EU member states, including Cyprus, urging them to comply with their legal obligation as regards the internal energy market.

    According to a press release by the European Commission, the Electricity and Gas Directives of the Third Energy Package had to be transposed by the Member States by 3 March 2011. As to date Bulgaria, Cyprus, Spain, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Romania and Slovakia have not informed the Commission of any transposition measures for the two Directives and Estonia has not done so as regards the Gas Directive.

    The Member States now have two months to respond. If they fail to comply the Commission may refer them to the Court of Justice of the European Union.

    [03] Commission warns Cyprus, Austria, Greece over Blue Card Directive

    Three EU member states, among which Cyprus, ``are still making it too difficult for highly skilled people to come and work in the EU``, according to the European Commission.

    A press release by the European Commission, says that despite having been warned in July 2011, Austria, Cyprus and Greece have not yet transposed the rules of the Blue Card Directive, which should have been implemented before 19 June 2011.

    ``This is why the European Commission today issued reasoned opinions (Article 258 TFEU) requesting Austria, Cyprus and Greece to bring their laws into line with EU legislation``, it is said.


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