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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 02-01-31

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

Thursday, 31 January 2002


CONTENTS

  • [01] Northern part of Cyprus in the Commission's Financing Framework proposals for 2004-2006
  • [02] Cyprus ranks third in per capita Gross Domestic Product among candidate countries for EU accession
  • [03] President Clerides meets with the Russian Ambassador


[01] Northern part of Cyprus in the Commission's Financing Framework proposals for 2004-2006

The European Commission proposed yesterday a fair and solid approach for financing the enlargement of the European Union until 2006, which fully respects the expenditure ceilings imposed by the budgetary rules while offering the benefits of EU solidarity to ten possible new Member States.

Commenting on the proposal, Enlargement Commissioner Gunter Verheugen said: "This offer strikes the right balance between the expectations of the candidate countries, who will become full members of the European Union, and the budgetary limits of the EU. In other words: this represents the best possible deal, and not an invitation for haggling. For the candidates, it means that they can substantially benefit from the EU solidarity. There will be a transitional phase as agreed for a number of other issues but no new Member State will be treated as second class member. For the Member States, it means that they don't need to fear further financial burdens because of enlargement".

According to the EU Commission's press release "the necessary resources to finance ten instead of six new Member States can be found by not taking as a point of departure, for structural policies, the amounts available for 2004 to 2006, but rather amounts closer to the levels originally foreseen for the first three years of accession (i.e. 2002, 2003 and 2003). In this way, it is possible to finance, under the Berlin ceilings, an enlargement of up to ten instead of six new Member States while catering for specific issues that have appeared in the accession process, in particular agricultural policy, structural policies, nuclear safety, administrative capacity, Cyprus (northern part) and possible budgetary compensation payments."

More specifically the reference to Cyprus (northern part) states the following:

"The European Union is actively encouraging the parties involved to resolve the Cyprus problem and to come to a political settlement. As the Berlin financial framework did not fully take into account the northern part of Cyprus, the Commission proposes to adjust the framework in the context of a political settlement. In addition, despite being one of the poorest regions within the Candidate Countries, the northern part is not a beneficiary of the pre-accession funds. The total amounts foreseen in commitments for the northern part of Cyprus are 39 million in 2004, 67 million in 2005 and 100 million in 2006."

According to a press release issued by the Delegation of the European Commission in Cyprus the Head of Delegation Ambassador Donato Chiarini, commenting on the inclusion of the northern part of Cyprus in the Commission's Financing Framework proposals for 2004-2006, said the decision was in line with the consistent and inclusive policy of the European Union on Cyprus.

Mr Chiarini said that the designated 206million out of the total commitments of 40.1 billion for the period related to funds that would be made available to the region after a political settlement, and described it as a strong signal of the Union's desire and support for a settlement. Mr Chiarini reminded of the Commission's already substantial contribution to achieve rapprochement through its funding of bi-communal projects in Cyprus over the years.

As the Berlin financial framework did not fully take into account the northern part of Cyprus, the Commission proposed to adjust the framework in the context of a political settlement. In addition, despite being one of the poorest regions within the Candidate Countries, the northern part of Cyprus is not a beneficiary of the pre-accession funds. In addition to the structural funds foreseen, this has been taken into account in order to support this region to catch up in its development after accession.

The total amounts foreseen in commitments for the northern part of Cyprus are 39 million in 2004, 67 million in 2005 and 100 million in 2006.

[02] Cyprus ranks third in per capita Gross Domestic Product among candidate countries for EU accession

The European Union's Statistic Service, Eurostat, released on Tuesday 30 January 2002, official data regarding the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the year 1999 of the EU member states and candidate countries.

According to the statistics Cyprus ranks third in per capita Gross Domestic Product (GDP) among candidate countries for European Union accession, with per capita GDP 85% of the EU average. Prague (Czech Republic) ranks first with 124% followed by Bratislava (Slovakia) second with 95%.

It is noted that in these statistics Cyprus comprises a single region.

[03] President Clerides meets with the Russian Ambassador

The President of the Republic Mr Glafcos Clerides met with the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Cyprus, Mr Vladimir Pavlinov in the Presidential Palace yesterday. Present at the meeting was Mr Pantelis Kouros, Under Secretary to the President.

Speaking after the meeting, Mr Pavlinov said that he had the opportunity to discuss with the President issues concerning the relations of the two countries. Mr Pavlinov noted that the discussion focused on Cyprus' accession to the EU and the possible consequences on the economic and cultural relations between the two countries.

With regards to the developments on the Cyprus issue, the Ambassador mentioned that he had been briefed by the President on the course of the talks currently taking place between the President and the Turkish-Cypriot leader, Mr Rauf Denktash.


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


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