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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 99-05-21

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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>

Friday, 21 May 1999


CONTENTS

  • [01] Cyprus participates in the 5th EU Framework Programme
  • [02] Cyprus to sign protocol for the protection of cultural heritage during war


[01] Cyprus participates in the 5th EU Framework Programme

Cyprus signed yesterday in Brussels an additional protocol to the Association Agreement entitling its participation in the 5th EU framework Programme for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration.

The programme covers the European Union policy on research and technology issues for the period 1998-2002.

The relevant protocol was signed yesterday by Cyprus Finance Minister Takis Clerides, the President of the Council of Ministers, German Education and Research Minister Ms Edelgard Bulmahn and EU Commissioner Ms Edith Cresson.

In her introductory speech, Ms Bulhmahn said that Cyprus' determination to promote its accession course is reflected in the signing of the Protocol.

She added that Cyprus participation in the programme will give the opportunity to European and Cypriot researchers and research centres to co- operate on common programmes for their mutual benefit.

Ms Bulhman also noted that Cyprus has exhibited great achievements in the fields of research and management of water resources, agriculture, genetics, information society etc.

On his part ,Cyprus Finance Minister Mr. Takis Clerides said that the agreement constitutes a challenge for Cypriot researchers, who will make every effort to utilise opportunities provided by the programme.

Mr Clerides underlined that Cyprus' accession course proceeds satisfactorily and that the coutnry's participation in the 5th Framework Programme is another step towards its harmonisation with the acquis communautaire.

[02] Cyprus to sign protocol for the protection of cultural heritage during war

The Council of Ministers approved yesterday the signing of the "2nd Additional Protocol of the Hague Convention (1954) for the Protection of Cultural Heritage in case of armed confrontation".

Cyprus has been a victim of destruction of its cultural heritage since the Turkish invasion of 1974.


From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/


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