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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 12-03-28

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] Labour Minister: 30% of EU workers in Cyprus are undeclared
  • [02] Cyprus to carry out more search and rescue exercises
  • [03] Champions League: APOEL Real 0-3

  • [01] Labour Minister: 30% of EU workers in Cyprus are undeclared

    The number of undeclared workers in Cyprus reaches 25% of the labour force, whereas among workers from EU country-members the percentage is as high as 30%. Meanwhile, in some sectors of the economy, such as leisure centers and hotels, the percentage of undeclared workers coming from EU country members rises to 35%, according to data provided by the Minister of Labour and Social Insurance Sotiroula Charalambous.

    In an interview with CNA, Charalambous says the Labour Ministry in its effort to combat undeclared work focuses on the proper implementation of the principle of free movement of workers, deriving from Cyprus membership in the EU, by providing foreign workers who wish to work in Cyprus with proper information on Cyprus' legislation and their obligations arising therefrom. "At a national level we take several measures concerning the implementation of the law on the equal treatment of workers" and to this end 9000 inspections have been carried out since April 2009 mainly in the construction and hotels industry. As she said, 25% of the workers are undeclared and among workers from country-members of the EU, this figure amounts to 30%.

    In some sectors of the economy, such as leisure centers and hotels, the percentage of undeclared workers coming from the EU rises to 35%. Based on these findings, the Ministry has recently proceeded to the amendment of the relevant regulations obliging employers to fill in a special employment declaration form as soon as they hire an employee, who must carry the relevant card with them.

    Meanwhile, the Ministry plans to increase penalties imposed on employers for illegal or undeclared work.

    [02] Cyprus to carry out more search and rescue exercises

    Minister of Defence Demetris Eliades has said that Cyprus will carry out more search and rescue exercises as it recently has with France.

    Referring to the aeronautical search and rescue exercise in the sea area south of Cyprus, carried out early March between the Cypriot and French forces, the Minister said the exercise was crowned with success, adding that "more such exercises will follow with other friendly countries".

    In statements on the sidelines of a seminar held in the coastal town of Larnaka entitled "The search and rescue system", organized by the Search and Rescue Center of Larnaka, the Minister said that Cyprus, not only has sovereign rights over its FIR and its Exclusive Economic Zone, it also has obligations as regards search and rescue, based on the international conventions.

    "We must exercise in a responsible manner those obligations and rights in order to remain a reliable state", he went on to add.

    [03] Champions League: APOEL Real 0-3

    Real Madrid beat 3-0 APOEL Nicosia on Tuesday night, for the Champions League's quarter-finals first leg (half-time 0-0).

    Real needed 74 minutes to open the score in front of 23.000 APOEL's fans through a header of French striker Karim Benzema, who doubled his goals in the last minute with an area shoot.

    Eight minutes before (82nd minute) Brazilian Kaka netted for a second time for the Spanish team.


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