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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 12-05-31

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] Conference of EP Presidents to convene in Nicosia
  • [02] FINMIN committed to structural changes and fiscal targets
  • [03] Governor-General of Australia on an official visit to Cyprus
  • [04] First Trauma Registry of the Mediterranean in Cyprus

  • [01] Conference of EP Presidents to convene in Nicosia

    The Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament, consisting of the President of the Parliament Martin Schulz and the presidents of the political groups, convenes Thursday in Nicosia, in view of the Republic's upcoming Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

    As part of the visit, Schultz will meet in the afternoon with Cypriot President Demetris Christofias at the Presidential Palace. President Christofias and Schultz will meet members of the Cabinet and later on attend the Conference of Presidents which will last two hours. Afterwards, President Christofias and Schultz will give a press conference.

    President Christofias will then host a dinner for Schultz and members of the delegation at the Presidential Palace.

    On Friday, the Conference of Presidents will meet the House President Giannakis Omirou, leaders of political parties and the Chairman of the House Standing Committee on Foreign and European Affairs, Averof Neophytou.

    Cyprus will assume, for the first time since it joined the EU in May 2004, the six monthly rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union in July.

    [02] FINMIN committed to structural changes and fiscal targets

    The government remains committed to achieving the necessary structural changes and fiscal targets set, to return to growth, the Ministry of Finance has said in a press release, commenting on European Commission's recommendations on the Cypriot economy and its special report on macroeconomic balances.

    The European Commission, the press release states, welcomes Cyprus' commitment to achieving its medium term fiscal targets, noting at the same time the fragile macroeconomic environment which may act as a disruptive factor.

    The government "is studying the European Commission's recommendations on the Cypriot economy and remains committed to achieving the necessary structural changes and fiscal targets set so that a return to growth is possible". The Ministry points out that achieving the greatest possible consensus with political parties and social partners is an important factor in this effort.

    [03] Governor-General of Australia on an official visit to Cyprus

    Governor-General of Australia, Quentin Bryce, arrives early Thursday afternoon in Cyprus on a three – day official visit.

    According to the revised programme of her visit, on Friday she will be welcomed at the Presidential Palace by President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias, with whom she will have a tete–a–tete meeting. This will be followed by talks, the signing of the visitors' book and statements to the press.

    Later on, she will meet with a delegation of the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies, together with Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot women members of the Cyprus Academic Dialogue (sponsored by Australia) and the NGOs Hands Across the Divide, the International Centre for Transitional Justice, UNDP, Family Planning Centre and the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research. In the afternoon, she will meet with President of the House of Representatives Yiannakis Omirou and with female Members of the House of Representatives.

    Meanwhile, today, Thursday, she will attend the official opening of the new Australian High Commission Chancery in Nicosia. On Saturday she will meet the Australian Federal Police Contingent serving with the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP). On the same day she will visit the Cyprus Museum before departing from Larnaka Airport.

    [04] First Trauma Registry of the Mediterranean in Cyprus

    Traumas from accidents have become an epidemic of the century, since they constitute the main reason for limited life expectancy and are the main cause of death in children and young people, according to Cypriot Professor Demetrios Demetriades, Director of the Division of Acute Care Surgery at the LAC+USC Medical Center of the University of Southern California (Los Angeles County + University of Southern California).

    In an interview with CNA to mark the recent official announcement about the creation of a Trauma Registry on the island, he said Cyprus is the first among the countries of the Mediterranean area which has created a Trauma Registry.

    "Trauma is the medical epidemic of our century. It should not be regarded as an unpredictable event that cannot be tackled. It can be prevented and when it happens it can be addressed appropriately", he said.

    He noted that in the past two decades traumas have been the number one cause of death in young people under 35 years, they are responsible for two thirds of deaths in children under 15 years and more responsible for the loss of potential life years than heart diseases and cancer combined.


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