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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 03-11-06

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

  • [01]Thursday, 06 November 2003 Government satisfied with the European Commission's progress report on Cyprus
  • [02] Gunter Verheugen: European Commission sees a political link between Turkey's EU aspirations and a solution to the Cyprus problem
  • [03] Romano Prodi: European Union desires to see a unified Cyprus entering the EU
  • [04] Ambassador of Cyprus to the US meets with the U.S. Secretary of State

    [01] Government satisfied with the European Commission's progress report on Cyprus

    Cyprus has reached "a high level of alignment" with the European Acquis Communautaire in most policy areas and it is expected to be in a position to implement the Acquis as required in the majority of chapters negotiated during the membership talks, according to the European Commission's ''Comprehensive monitoring report on Cyprus' preparations for membership''. In its report on Cyprus, which was presented yesterday at the European Parliament together with the reports of the rest of the EU acceding and candidate countries, the Commission said that in certain areas Cyprus partially meets the commitments and requirements and needs to make enhanced efforts in order to complete its preparations for accession. This includes, among other chapters, legislation relating to the free movement of goods and services, company law, fisheries, transport policy, energy, social policy and employment, telecommunications and information technologies and financial control. Moreover the report stresses that "Cyprus must take immediate and decisive action to address three issues of serious concern in two chapters of the Acquis, if it is to be ready by the date of accession. This concerns the field of agriculture, in particular Cyprus' preparations to put in place its Paying Agency, and to prepare for the application of external trade mechanisms. It also concerns the field of transport policy, as regards maritime safety." On the political issue, the report says that the Commission ''strongly believes that a solution to the Cyprus problem can still be found before 1 May 2004 in order to allow the accession of a united Cyprus.

    It adds, however, that "in case a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem is not reached before the date of accession, Protocol No 10 annexed to the Accession Treaty envisages the suspension of the Acquis in the areas of the country which are not under the effective control of the Government of Cyprus.'' Cyprus Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides made a statement yesterday expressing the Government's full satisfaction with the contents of the European Commission's progress report on Cyprus. "The Cyprus Government expresses its full satisfaction with the content of the progress report on Cyprus. The European Commission considers that Cyprus is ready to accede to the European Union and that it fully complies with its obligations towards the Acquis Communautaire. Some observations are of minor importance and Cyprus will be ready for its official accession on 1st May 2004. The Government also expresses its satisfaction with the political part, the only political reference to the Cyprus Problem in the Report on Cyprus, in which the Commission says that it wishes the accession of a united Cyprus to the European Union and that if in the meantime this is not reached by 1st May, then according to Protocol 10 of the Accession Treaty the implementation of the Acquis Communautaire on the areas that are not under the effective control of the Government of Cyprus is suspended." The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also expressed its satisfaction with the report on Cyprus' preparations for EU membership and noted that the European Commission considers positive the level of readiness and the extent of compliance with the Acquis Communautaire. In a written statement issued yesterday, the Foreign Ministry said that the Cyprus Government fully acknowledges its obligations towards the European Union and is making all the necessary moves to ensure full and prompt compliance with the Acquis Communautaire. The Cyprus Government "had notified the European Commission on the very latest developments in the implementation of its commitments in the problematic areas the Commission identifies, which due to lack of time have not been incorporated in the report", it said. The Ministry also describes as ''positive'' the Commission's view that a solution to the Cyprus question can still be found before 1st May 2004, so that a reunited Cyprus would join the EU.

    [02] Gunter Verheugen: European Commission sees a political link between Turkey's EU aspirations and a solution to the Cyprus problem

    The European Commissioner for Enlargement Mr Gunter Verheugen stated yesterday that the European Commission wanted to make it clear that they see a political link between Turkey's EU aspirations and a solution to the Cyprus problem. Addressing the Plenary session of the European Parliament in Brussels after the presentation of reports of the European Commission on the progress of the acceding and candidate countries, Mr Verheugen said that the link was necessary because the situation in Cyprus is undignified and Europe must use all opportunities to overcome this anachronistic situation. More specifically Mr Verheugen said that the Commission took a new step this time by making a link, in the Strategy Report, between Turkey's EU accession and the question of Cyprus, and this is something that might lead to controversy. He explained that although this link was not a prerequisite for Turkey's accession, the absence of a solution to the Cyprus problem would be a serious obstacle to Turkey's EU aspirations. The European Commission, he said, wanted to note that they do see a political link here and to encourage Turkey to be more active, take more initiatives in order to solve the Cyprus problem on the basis of the UN Plan. The EU Commissioner stressed that we must overcome this anachronistic situation, noting that it would unacceptable to have an EU member state needing the protection of the United Nations Forces

    [03] Romano Prodi: European Union desires to see a unified Cyprus entering the EU

    The President of the European Commission Mr Romano Prodi expressed yesterday the European Union's desire to see a unified Cyprus entering the EU. Addressing the European Parliament in Brussels, Mr Prodi said it is in Turkey's interests to find a quick solution to the Cyprus problem. "Reaching a settlement quickly is in Turkey's interest too, because this would prevent the Cyprus issue from becoming an obstacle to its own aspirations.

    The issue can still be settled before 1 May next year on the basis of the UN Secretary-General's proposal. All parties concerned need to contribute to this process and the Commission stands ready to assist in every possible way," he said.

    [04] Ambassador of Cyprus to the US meets with the U.S. Secretary of State

    The Appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to the United States Mr. Euripides L. Evriviades met with the Secretary of State Mr. Colin Powell on October 31, 2003 to present copies of his Letters of Credence, prior to the presentation of his credentials to President George W. Bush.

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


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