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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 12-05-28

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  • [01] The President of the European Council on an official visit to Cyprus
  • [02] Deputy Minister: Cyprus impedes Turkey's energy plans
  • [03] Blast-hit power plant in full operation by March 2013
  • [04] Minister announces Nicosia peripheral road project

  • [01] The President of the European Council on an official visit to Cyprus

    The President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy will pay a one-day official visit to Cyprus today, on the occasion of the assumption of the EU Presidency by the Republic of Cyprus.

    President Rompuy will be accompanied by his spouse Geertrui Van Rompuy and a European Council delegation.

    According to an official announcement, the European Council President and his spouse will arrive in Cyprus on Monday, early in the afternoon, and at 4pm they will arrive be welcomed by President of the Republic Demetris Christofias and his spouse Elsie Christofia at the Presidential Palace.

    Later on, the two Presidents will hold a tete-a-tete meeting followed by talks between the delegations of the two sides.

    On behalf of the Republic of Cyprus, participants include Minister of Foreign Affairs Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou, Deputy Minister to the President for European Affairs Andreas Mavroyiannis, Director of the Diplomatic Office of the President Marios Ieronymides, and Permanent Representative to the EU Kornelios Korneliou.

    Following the talks, President Christofias and President Rompuy will make joint statements to the Press, while later in the evening, President Christofias and his spouse will host an official dinner in honour of President Rompuy and his spouse at the Presidential Palace.

    The Republic of Cyprus assumes on July 1st the Presidency of the Council of the EU throughout the second term of 2012, as part of a Trio Presidency along with Poland and Denmark.

    [02] Deputy Minister: Cyprus impedes Turkey's energy plans

    Cyprus is presenting an obstacle for Turkey to monopolize its access to the wider region, Deputy Minister for European Affairs Andreas Mavroyiannis said.

    While speaking during an international conference in Heraclion, Crete, on energy security and supply in the EU, Mavroyiannis said that Cyprus, along with Israel and Greece are presenting an alternative for Europe's energy supply, tilting existing balances in the region.

    This, he said, is causing Turkey's reaction, since Ankara tries to emerge as the EU's indispensable partner in energy supply. Turkey, he said, tried to monopolize its access to the Middle East and beyond, but the presence of Cyprus alone presents an impediment to this aim, the Deputy Minister noted, adding that "if it were possible to sink Cyprus, they would do it".

    The conference, organized by the European Parliament Offices in Cyprus and Greece, in cooperation with the Prefecture of Crete, was titled "Security of energy supply in the EU. Main energy projects in Greece and Cyprus".

    [03] Blast-hit power plant in full operation by March 2013

    The Vassiliko power plant will be in full operation by March 2013, Cyprus Energy Authority Chairman Haris Thrasou has stated.

    In statements to CNA, Thrasou said that the power plant, which suffered a major blow on July last year, will reach next March its power production levels prior to the 2011 incident.

    Power production in the government controlled areas of Cyprus dealt a huge blow after the explosion of containers full of ammunition in the naval base "Evaggelos Florakis", on July 11, 2011. The blast destroyed nearby Vassiliko power plant, the island's main power station. The Energy Authority of Cyprus (EAC) depends ever since on mobile power production units to supplement energy loss, for as long as the reconstruction of the site continues.

    Thrasou added that mobile units are expected to be removed by the end of this year, ending thus a 6.96% levy on energy bills.

    "We are working in full swing, in order to secure sufficient power supply in the summer, and satisfy demand during the peak season" he said. By July 15, he went on, more reserve mobile units of 120 MW will be installed in the grid, in case of higher than predicted energy demand.

    [04] Minister announces Nicosia peripheral road project

    The government hopes to secure EU funding for building a 350 mln euros peripheral road in the capital, Nicosia, Minister of Communications and Works Efthymios Flourentzou announced.

    In statements to CNA, the Minister said the 25 klm-long project necessitates EU funding in order to materialize. "Our goal is to do as much road infrastructure as possible, but this goal is being adversely affected by the financial crisis", he said.

    Flourentzou was also asked on reconstruction works at Faneromeni Avenue, in Larnaca, which came to a halt, and responded that problems were overcome and works are expected to commence soon.

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