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CNA - Rebekah Gregoriades - CYPRUS/Nicosia 27/02/2020 12:24

Position on Varosha “very clear” and unchanged, Security Council President says
The position of the Security Council on Varosha is very clear and has not changed, said Ambassador Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve, the Permanent Representative of Belgium presiding over the UN body this month. The Security Council met on Wednesday evening (local time) for a closed session n Libya. Buytswerve was asked after the meeting if the Security Council also discussed the issue of the fenced-off part of Famagusta, in light of a conference organised there on February 15, by the Turkish Bar Association, and what is the body’s reaction.
Cyprus to enhance controls at crossing points against coronavirus
The Republic of Cyprus authorities have decided to enhance controls at the crossing points across the dividing line by increasing the number of police officers who work there, and implementing some restrictions, Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou said after a ministerial meeting at the Foreign Ministry on the coronavirus disease issue, which as he noted, will be discussed, at Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades’ request, during a meeting of the Ministerial Council which will take place on Thursday. Meanwhile, a woman is in isolation at the Limassol General hospital after being in contact with a confirmed coronavirus case in Italy. Italy’s Ambassador to Cyprus, Andrea Cavallari, called on people not to panic due to the coronavirus cases detected in Italy.
President Anastasiades meets President of Bulgarian National Assembly in Sofia
President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades met on Wednesday with President of the Bulgarian National Assembly Tsveta Karayancheva, in Sofia, concluding his official visit to the country. Furthermore, President Anastasiades addressed a Cyprus-Bulgaria Business Forum, in Sofia. He also inaugurated a photographic exhibition on the 60 years of Diplomatic Relations between the Republic of Cyprus and Bulgaria, with President of Bulgaria Rumen Radev.
Cyprus has made limited progress in addressing the 2019 country-specific recommendations, Commission warns
"Cyprus’ economy is still characterized by large economic imbalances, which, unless addressed, may impede its medium-term economic prospects", the European Commission warns in its in-depth analysis of the state of the economy, published today in Brussels, under the European semester rules. According to the European Commission "Cyprus’ large imbalances are a legacy of the 2013 crisis and include high stocks of private, public and external debt and nonperforming loans".
Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot parties discuss opinion poll on the future of the two communities
The results of the opinion poll “Vision for the future of the two communities in Cyprus”, commissioned by the Office of the Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General on Cyprus, to better understand the current political, social, economic and security expectations and fears of the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities in relation to three scenarios, were discussed on Wednesday by the leaders and representatives of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot political parties. The parties met for their regular meeting at the Ledra Palace in the Nicosia buffer zone, under the auspices of the Embassy of the Slovak Republic.
Non-EU citizens at a higher risk of poverty than foreign and EU citizens in 2018, within the Member States
In 2018, non-European Union citizens were at a higher risk of poverty or social exclusion than foreign European Union (EU) citizens or national citizens, according to data released today by Eurostat. According to Eurostat, across the whole of the EU, 45% of non-EU citizens were assessed to be at risk of poverty or social exclusion compared with 29% of foreign EU citizens and 21% for nationals. In Cyprus the rate for nationals is 21%, for other EU citizens 30% and for non EU citizens 44%.
Economic sentiment in Cyprus falls in February due to weaker business confidence in services
 In February 2020, economic sentiment in Cyprus deteriorated as the Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI-CypERC) decreased by 0.7 points compared with January 2020. According to Economics Research Centre of the University of Cyprus, the decrease resulted from weaker business confidence in services, despite confidence improvements in retail trade, construction and among consumers.

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