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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 07-06-21

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    Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos met in Brussels on Thursday with President of the European Parliament Hans Gert Poettering, with whom he discussed the Cyprus problem, the accession of Cyprus to the Eurozone and the European Council, which begins later on in the day.

    Speaking after the meeting, Poettering said they agreed that Cyprus and the European Parliament should give all its support to the Presidency of the EU so that we get a result during this European Council on the substance of the Constitutional Treaty.

    We have discussed the developments with the introduction of the Euro in Cyprus and, thanks to the European Parliament, I think we solved, more or less, the problems of delaying the accession, so there will be no delays of Cyprus and Malta to introduce the Euro on January 1, 2008, he said.

    Poettering added that the European Parliament and I, we try to do everything to be successful.

    He noted that they exchanged views on the political situation in Cyprus, adding that President Papadopoulos gave him very good and detailed information, and that they discussed the situation in Turkey.


    European Union Heads of State and Government, who meet in Brussels Thursday and Friday, will decide on the accession of Cyprus and Malta to the euro area. Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos represents the country at the European Council.

    In her invitation to the EU leaders to attend the European Council, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose country holds the EU rotating presidency, said the central issue will be reform of the Treaties.

    Over the past few months, under the German Council Presidency, we have together made significant progress for Europe. Only together will we succeed in resolving the issues before us at this European Council meeting, she added.

    She noted that In the Berlin Declaration of 25 March 2007, we reaffirmed together that we wished to place the European Union on a new treaty basis before the European Parliament elections in 2009. The important challenges that lie ahead demand capacity to act and legitimacy on the part of the European Union.

    Merkel said that after a two year pause for reflection, the European public now expects us to put the necessary reforms of the Union in hand. Following our consultations over the past few months the time has now come to set out the roadmap for the impending reform of the Treaties.

    In addition we need to take practical measures that will have an immediate and positive influence on the everyday lives of our citizens. In this regard our conclusions will give important impetus in various areas, Merkel concluded.

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