Daily Archives: February 12, 2004

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NY talks going nowhere fast

Talks in New York aimed at launching a resumption of negotiations on Cyprus will continue for a third day today as the stubbornness of the two leaders prompted the UN to call in the guarantor powers to make them toe the line.

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Greek Press

SIMERINI: “New wave of bad weather coming”. The Meteorological department foresees an abrupt change in weather over the next few days. Temperatures are expected to drop with sudden showers and even snow in the mountain region.

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UK study fees: the new situation

CYPRIOTS studying in UK universities this autumn will be charged £1,150 sterling, the going fee rate for the academic year 2004/2005. According to the UK Department of Education and Skills (DfES), as soon as Cyprus accedes to the EU, Cypriot students should be entitled to pay ‘home’ fees.

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Eurocrats love to break with the past

FACT OF THE DAY: If there’s one thing we need to learn about the EU it’s that it changes… constantly. Very few things about the EU remain static. One of its main institutions, the Commission, is always working to improve the status of its members, from clinching crucial world trade deals to the regulation of working conditions. It evolves and we evolve with it — or get left behind.

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Towards an EU defence strategy

THE end of 2003 marked the deadline set by the European Council of Helsinki for the creation of European military capabilities. The missions undertaken up to now in Congo, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Bosnia, as well as those planned for the near future, prove that the European Union has achieved its aim and is capable of carrying out peace operations.

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Why EU will mean lost business

Sir, On my recent stay in Cyprus I read with interest your article ‘Europe without borders’ (Cyprus Mail, February 5) explaining how easy it will be for Cypriots to travel to Europe after May. This is all very well: however, the exact opposite is true for the many residents and visitors to Cyprus from those countries of eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union not joining the EU in May.

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A six-year plan for the environment

AGRICULTURE Minister Timis Efthymiou yesterday confirmed he had given instructions for the preparation of a six-year strategic plan for the environment, expected to be prepared for Cabinet approval by the end of the month. Speaking to the Cyprus Mail yesterday, Efthymiou said the plan was part of the implementation of EU directives the government had adopted during its path to accession.

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Strike in gas deliveries from today

GAS transporters are set to go on strike as of today failing a response from the Commerce Ministry to their demand for an increase in their profits, which have remained static since 1996. According to Andreas Stavros, the president of the gas cylinder transporters’ association, affiliated to POVEK, transporters have waited far too long and their patience has now worn thin.

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