President Of The Republic Of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades
07 March 2014
1. President Nicos Anastasiades met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Dublin with whom he discussed developments in the Cyprus problem and the economy. He was due to deliver a speech during the EPP Congress, which will decide on the candidate of the Party for the Presidency of the European Commission. The EPP manifesto acknowledges Cyprus as a “European pillar of stability in the region” and calls for a Cyprus solution, based on UN and EU principles. Furthermore, it calls on Turkey to withdraw its troops from the island and implement the Ankara Protocol, while underlining respect of the sovereign rights of EU members states’ on their natural resources.
KATHMANDU, MAR 07 – The Carter Center has said a majority of people want local elections as soon as possible believing that it will strengthen the local bodies and make them more accountable.
Releasing a report on Thursday, the Centre said the mismanagement of budget and persistent role of political parties in influencing development priorities have posed challenges to development and governance activities of local bodies.
By Angelos Anastasiou
UNEMPLOYMENT is expected to reach 19 per cent this year and long-term unemployment is considered the biggest risk factor in returning to employment, according to Finance ministry data released on Wednesday.
Despite the projected nominal increase, a slowdown in the unemployment growth-rate is expected, as a result of slower-than-estimated economic contraction. Specifically, the Troika estimates the overall economy to contract by 4.8 per cent in 2014, and the employment rate to shrink by 4.4 per cent.
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04 March 2014
1. The Parliament adopted on Tuesday a bill on the privatisation of semi-government organisations (SGOs) with 30 votes in favour, 26 against and no abstentions. Government Spokesman Christos Stylianides and Minister of Finance Harris Georgiades welcomed the result of the vote, noting that the implementation of the bill will lead to the modernization and reform of SGOs and pave the way to economic recovery.