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The Minister of Communications and Works participated in the EU Telecommunications Council

The Minister of Communications and Works, Mr Marios Demetriades, participated in the EU Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council, which took place today in Brussels, where issues of telecommunications, digital agenda and networks and information security were discussed. During its deliberations, the Council was engaged with the latest developments regarding the new Regulation on the European Digital Single Market, which aims to the improvement of the IT service delivery to consumers, such as the open internet and internet neutrality and roaming charges. In his intervention, Mr Demetriades made particular reference to the issue of roaming charges and more specifically, to the proposal “Roam Like At Home” (RLAH), stressing that Cyprus, as a tourist destination, is considered clearly as a country of incoming roaming. In this context, the Minister of Communications stated that the introduction of RLAH, before a complete analysis of the proposal’s impact in each member state, may lead to an increase in local taxes, because of the need to finance the upgrading of the infrastructure and the network in order to adapt to the new user interface. - 27.11.2014

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Written statement by the Government Spokesman Mr Nikos Christodoulides

In the framework of the announced policy of the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, for the creation of a network for the protection of the principal residence of our fellow citizens who face problems with their loan obligations, the Government expresses its satisfaction for the commencement of the operational activities of the Office of Financial Commissioner (Ombudsman). In order for the operation of this important Office to become feasible, the Government undertook a series of actions during the past monthssuch as: 1. Forwarding and adoption of a relevant budget in April 2013. 2. Appointment of and assumption of duties by the first Financial Commissioner in July 2013. 3. Technocratic preparation so that the Office of the Commissioner can receive applications from viable debtors, since November 2013. 4. Procurement of modern buildings adequately equipped with information systems, which, today, are at the disposal of the Commissioner. 5. Detachment of appropriate personnel from the Civil Service for the effective staffing of the Office. 6. Procurement of technical assistance, on a continuing basis, for information systems and other issues. 7. Amendment of the relevant legislation of 2010 and significant expansion of the responsibilities of the Commissioner, so that he can appoint mediators for the purpose of the restructuring of loans, since July 2014. - 27.11.2014

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The President of the Republic had a telephone communication with the Prime Minister of Israel

The Prime Minister of Israel, Mr Benjamin Netanyahu, communicated today afternoon with the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, and offered his best wishes and wished him to return in good health to his duties following the surgical procedure the President will undergo abroad. During their telephone conversation they agreed that the President of the Republic’s visit to Israel will take place at a date which will be set after the return of the President from New York. - 27.11.2014




The Minister of Foreign Affairs participates in the 15th Summit of Francophonie

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, will participate, on behalf of the President of the Republic, in the deliberations of the 15th Francophonie Summit, to be held in Dakar, Senegal between 29-30 November 2014. The International Organisation of “La Francophonie” (OIF) comprises 77 member states. It focuses on monitoring international politics and multilateral cooperation, while it provides support to its members states in shaping their policies. Cyprus was unanimously granted the status of associate member to the International Organisation of La Francophonie in 2006, during the deliberations of the 11th OIF Summit held in Bucharest. Discussions of the 15th Summit are expected to focus on the subject “La Francophonie’s Women and Youth: Vectors for peace, actors of development”. -27.11.2014

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs met with his Lebanese counterpart

The Minister of Foreign Affairs met with his Lebanese counterpartThe Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, met today, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lebanon, Mr Gebran Bassil. The two Ministers had a private meeting, followed by official talks of the delegations of Cyprus and Lebanon. The bilateral relations between the two countries and possible ways for furthering the cooperation between Cyprus and Lebanon, the Cyprus problem and the Turkish provocative challenges within Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), issues related to energy, ways of providing support to Lebanon within the context of the EU, as well as the situation in the region of Eastern Mediterranean, were, inter alia, discussed at the meeting. Mr Kasoulides and Mr Bassil then made statements to the Press, as follows: Ioannis Kasoulides: “It is with great pleasure that I welcome Mr Gebran Bassil, who is visiting Cyprus for the first time under his capacity as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lebanon. Mr Bassil and I have jointly expressed our concerns for the regional developments and dangers of a possible spill over from Syria and Iraq crises. We underlined the need for cooperation of the moderate forces to meet the serious challenges in Eastern Mediterranean." - 26.11.2014

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Statements of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Europe of the United Kingdom

Statements of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Europe of the United KingdomThe Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, and the Minister for Europe of the United Kingdom, Mr David Lidington, visited today the “HMS Defender” of the Royal Navy, which is currently docked at Limassol Port. The British ship, which is on its way back to the UK, has participated in the efforts of the International Coalition against the Islamic State. The two Ministers were briefed by the shipʼs head of crew on the operations of the ship, as well as on its latest mission in the context of the International Coalition. Mr Kasoulides and Mr Lidington made statements to the Press. Mr Kasoulides said: “Our joint visit on the “HMS Defender” proves our commitment to the collective efforts to address asymmetric threats that ate proliferating in the wider region. It also proves our unwavering dedication to common values and principles. - 26.11.2014

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Written statement by the Government Spokesman Mr Nikos Christodoulides on the passing of M. Bonnardeaux

The Government of Cyprus expresses its deep sorrow for the sudden passing of Michel Bonnardeaux, Spokesperson and Chief of the Public Information Office in UNFICYP and the Good Offices Mission in Cyprus. During his tenure in Cyprus Michel Bonnardeaux offered his services with great zeal and high professionalism. The Government expresses its sincere condolences to his family and loved ones as well as to the United Nations Mission in Cyprus. - 26.11.2014




Written statement by the Government Spokesman Mr Nikos Christodoulides on the European Commission Investment Plan

The President of the European Commission announced today an Investment Plan for Europe, which is expected to leverage investments of 315 billion euro within the next three years. This initiative provides for the setting up of a European Fund for Strategic Investments, which will be funded by European Union resources (16 billion euro) and the European Investment Bank (5 billion euro), which along with national and private resources, will be the basic moving force for reviving investments in Europe. The Cyprus government welcomes the announcement of the Commission, which constitutes a decisive new initiative aiming to strengthen growth in the European Union and the creation of jobs through new investments. - 26.11.2014

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The President of the Republic received the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lebanon

The President of the Republic received
the Minister of Foreign Affairs of LebanonThe President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, received today, at the Presidential Palace, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lebanon, Mr Gebran Gerge Bassil. During the meeting, the President of the Republic and the Lebanese Minister of Foreign Affairs discussed the relations between Cyprus and Lebanon and reaffirmed the excellent level of these bilateral relations in all fields. They also discussed regional issues as well as issues related to the fight against international terrorism. The President of the Republic briefed the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lebanon on the current phase of the Cyprus problem and the Turkish provocations within the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Republic of Cyprus. On his part, Mr Bassil briefed the President on the political situation in his country. -26.11.2014




Announcement by the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture

The Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture announce that the National Gallery will be closed on the following afternoons of December: 01/12/2014, from 14:30 and 02/12/2014, from 13:00. The Cultural Services regret any inconvenience to the public. - 26.11.2014




Information and Communication Technologies Usage in Households and by Individuals 2014

The Statistical Service announces the results of the annual survey ‘Information and Communication Technologies Usage in Households and by Individuals 2014’. The data were collected with personal interviews and it covered all the government controlled areas of the Republic of Cyprus. The reference period of the survey was the first quarter of 2014. The survey covered 1.884 households and 4.141 individuals 16 – 74 years old. The main results of the survey are the following: • The percentage of households with access to a tablet computer increases significantly to 32,8% in 2014 compared to 18,7% in 2013. • A computer is found in 95,5% of households with dependent children, while in households where there are no dependent children the percentage is only 63,2%. -26.11.2014

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Communications and Works Minister to participate in EU Ministerial Council for Telecommunications

The Minister of Communications and Works, Mr Marios Demetriades, departs today for Brussels, to participate in the Telecommunications Council of Ministers of the EU, which will take place on November 27. On 28 November Minister Demetriades will visit Eurocontrol’s headquarters in Brussels where he will meet with the Director General of the European Agency Frank Brenner, in the presence of the Director Network Manager of Eurocontrol, Joe Sultana. The restructuring of the Civil Aviation Department and the ongoing process for establishing a new state-owned air navigation services company in Cyprus, will be the main issues on the agenda. Mr Demetriades will return to Cyprus on Saturday, November 29. - 26.11.2014

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The President of the Republic received the Minister for Europe of the United Kingdom

The President of the Republic received
the Minister for Europe of the United KingdomThe policy of the British government is very clear that we recognize the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Republic of Cyprus and the right of the Republic of Cyprus and only the Republic of Cyprus to develop whatever hydrocarbons there may be within its waters, the Minister for Europe of the United Kingdom, Mr David Lidington, said today. In his remarks to reporters, at the Presidential Palace, following his meeting with the President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, the Minister said that “the bilateral relationship between Cyprus and the United Kingdom has never been stronger.” He added that with the President of the Republic they discussed a range of issues related to “the technical assistance that Cyprus has been getting from the UK in terms of modernizing some of the government structures here, our economic and commercial relationship, increasingly close work in combating the threat to us both from international terrorism.” He added that these are all important issues in evidence of “the relationship between two sovereign states based upon mutual respect for each other.” -26.11.2014

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