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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 13-07-29

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


CONTENTS

  • [01] Heads of Diplomatic Missions annual meeting with FM to take place

    on August 1-2

  • [02] EC: EU Directives regarding information and consultation of workers

    are effective and coherent

  • [03] Cyprus President conveys his condolences to Italy for deadly bus

    accident

  • [04] Cypriot students win medals in the International Mathematical

    Olympiad

  • [05] London economists ponder ‘roika`s future

  • [01] Heads of Diplomatic Missions annual meeting with FM to take place on August 1-2

    The annual meeting of the Heads of the Republic of Cyprus Diplomatic Missions with Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides will take place on August 1-2 in Nicosia. The Heads of the Missions will be received, on the sidelines of the meeting, by President of the Republic Nicos Anastasiades.

    According to an official press release, the Heads of the Diplomatic Missions will be informed by the Minister, the Permanent Secretary and other officials of the Ministry, and will exchange views aiming at the improvement of the coordination and the effectiveness of the Republic's foreign policy.

    They will be informed about the readapted foreign policy of Cyprus on issues such as energy, the political identity as an EU member state in the Middle East region, Cyprus' role as an EU member state regarding the promotion of regional initiatives, and issues related to the Cyprus problem.

    [02] EC: EU Directives regarding information and consultation of workers are effective and coherent

    The three EU Directives regarding information and consultation of workers are generally relevant, effective, coherent and mutually reinforcing and the benefits they generate are likely to outweigh the costs, according to the results of an evaluation to identify excessive burdens, overlaps, gaps or inconsistencies which may have appeared since the adoption of three EU Directives released by the European Commission.

    Although the evaluation finds the three Directives broadly fit for purpose, it also brings to light a number of shortcomings in their scope and application. As far as the scope is concerned, a significant share of the workforce is not covered by the provisions, due to the exclusion of small businesses, of public administration and of seafarers.

    There is also room for improvement regarding the application, particularly in countries with less-developed traditions, by promoting an information and consultation culture among social partners, strengthening institutions, promoting agreements on information and consultation, disseminating good practices, raising awareness and ensuring enforcement.

    [03] Cyprus President conveys his condolences to Italy for deadly bus accident

    Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has conveyed his condolences to Italian President Giorgio Napolitano and Prime Minister Enrico Letta for a tragic bus accident near Avellino which left 38 dead and many injured.According to an official press release, in his message the President has expressed "great shock and sadness" over the news.

    "During these very difficult moments, on behalf of the Government and the people of the Republic of Cyprus, I wish to extend to the people and the Government of the Italian Republic our deepest sympathy", he notes.

    He further conveys "our sincerest condolences to the families of the victims and the best of wishes for a speedy recovery of those injured".

    [04] Cypriot students win medals in the International Mathematical Olympiad

    Cypriot high school students won medals in the 54th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) which took place in Santa Marta, Colombia, from July 18 to 28.The Cypriot delegation, comprising five students, won a gold medal and three honors. Andreas Stavrou won the gold medal and Thomas Thoma, Anastasios Stylianou and George-Raphael Patsalides earned honors.

    A total of 528 students from 97 countries participated in the Olympiad.

    [05] London economists ponder ‘roika`s future

    European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding`s recent comments that the Troika`s time under its current shape is over has reignited the debate in Europe over whether the IMF and the Commission/ECB should head their own ways. In the UK some economists have been discussing such a prospect for some time now.

    Last month, Wolfgang M√ľnchau of the Financial Times wrote that "the Fund is clearly not comfortable with its relegation to the position of a junior partner, considering that it is the only organisation in the Troika with any know-how in crisis resolution.

    " Commenting on the IMF`s "mea culpa" regarding the handling of the crisis in Greece, he added that "if the IMF is serious about its own analysis - and it should be - it should either force a policy change, or be ready to leave the Troika."


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