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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 12-11-20

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] GAC Council to prepare EU Summit on the MFF 2014-2020
  • [02] Louka: Deposit guarantee scheme closely linked with banks

    consolidation

  • [03] Énterior Ministry sets schedule for February's Presidential Elections
  • [04] Minister of Communications to meet ship-owners in Athens
  • [05] Highly skilled workers will help growth in EU, says Commissioner

    Vasiliou

  • [06] EU - Tunisia relations reviewed at EU - Tunisia Association Council

  • [01] GAC Council to prepare EU Summit on the MFF 2014-2020

    Tuesday's EU General Affairs Council, under the Cyprus EU Presidency, will prepare the extraordinary European Council on 22 and 23 of November on the EU multi-annual financial framework (MFF) for 2014-2020, on the basis of draft conclusions.

    The conclusions will replace the MFF "negotiating box" while keeping its structure and function, i.e. to outline the main elements and options, hereby facilitating the negotiations and constituting the basis of an agreement.

    The Council, which will be chaired by Cypriot Deputy Minister for European Affairs Andreas Mavroyiannis, will try to reach, in public deliberation, a partial general approach - a political agreement of the Council pending the first-reading position of the European Parliament- on further elements of the Cohesion Policy legislative package for 2014-2020, which would complement the general approaches agreed in April, June and October.

    [02] Louka: Deposit guarantee scheme closely linked with banks consolidation

    The deposit guarantee scheme is closely linked to the consolidation and development of European Banks, said on behalf of the European Council, Justice Minister Loukas Louka, speaking before the Plenary of the European Parliament in Strasbourg during a debate for the proposed Economic and Monetary Union in Europe.

    Representing the EU Council Louka, argued that a deposit guarantee scheme in Europe cannot be established, if the issue of banks financing has not previously been clarified.

    "The deposit guarantee scheme in Europe is closely linked to the envisaged consolidation and development of the banks", he said.

    [03] Énterior Ministry sets schedule for February's Presidential Elections

    The Ministry of Interior has set a schedule for the Presidential Elections of February 2013, said Monday Chief of Central Electoral Service Demetris Demetriou.

    The election is set for February 17, followed by a run off on February 24, if no candidate is elected from the first round. The main presidential hopefuls are main opposition Democratic Rally President (DISY) Nikos Anastasiades, Former Minister of Health Stavros Malas, backed by the ruling AKEL party and Former Minister of Commerce and Foreign Affairs in the period 2003-2006 Giorgos Lillikas, running as independent.

    Demetriou told CNA that on January 4, the elections will be announced in the official state gazette by order of the Interior Minister Eleni Mavrou, and on the same day the Chief Returning officer and other election officers will be appointed.

    [04] Minister of Communications to meet ship-owners in Athens

    The Minister of Communications and Works Efthimios Flourentzou, who is on a three-day visit to Athens, will have meetings at the highest level with the Cyprus Union of Ship-owners and shipping companies based in Greece and have their ships registered in the Cyprus ship Registry.

    The problems faced by the shipping industry as a result of the global economic crisis will be discussed during the meetings.

    [05] Highly skilled workers will help growth in EU, says Commissioner Vasiliou

    The economy continues to increase demand for higher skills, however more than 70 million Europeans have only low or no formal qualifications, Commissioner Androula Vasiliou has stressed.

    Speaking Tuesday at a press conference in Strasbourg where she presented the "Rethinking Education" initiative, Vasiliou noted that youth unemployment is approaching 23% across Europe and at the same time there are over 2 million job vacancies.

    She added that in 2011, 13.5% of students in the EU dropped out of school after lower secondary education and in 9 member states, more than half of the adult population has no or low computer skills.

    [06] EU - Tunisia relations reviewed at EU - Tunisia Association Council

    The EU - Tunisia relations were reviewed Monday during the EU Association Council with Tunisia which took place in Brussels.

    Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs Erato Kozakou Markoullis, who represented the EU on behalf of High Representative Catherine Ashton at the Council, said in a press conference that it was the third Tunisian high level visit to Brussels this year, which proves the intensity of the EU- Tunisia relations.

    "We are here today to reaffirm, once again, the privileged partnership between Tunisia and the European Union, as symbolised by our political agreement of the new EU Tunisia Action Plan", she said.


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