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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 09-11-17

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  • [02] CYPRUS - ENERGY


    Cyprus Foreign Minister Markos Kyprianou has briefed his counterparts from Poland, Portugal and Czech Republic and Sweden on the positions of the Republic of Cyprus as regards the Turkeys evaluation by the European Council on December. Kyprianou held separate meetings with Luis Amado Foreign Minister of Portugal, Radoslaw Sikorski FM of Poland and Jan Kohout FM of Czech Republic. He also held a meeting with Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, acting President of the Council.

    Referring to the Cyprus position, Kyprianou stated that it is detailed and it has been formed in close cooperation with the Greek government. During the meeting of the Council, the Ministers discussed the preparation of the December European Council, implementation of the EU`s sustainable development strategy. The Council held a policy debate on the preparation of a renewed EU strategy for growth and jobs for the period post-2010, following the expiry of the current strategy, launched by the European Council in Lisbon in 2000. They also discussed the EU-Russia relations, and the developments in Afghanistan, Ukraine and Somalia.

    In the framework of the Council, the EU Foreign Minister held a joint meeting with the Defence Ministers discussing inter alia, the future of the ALTHEA operation in Bosnia Herzegovina.On Monday, the EU Foreign Ministers and the Ministers of Defence held an informal meeting with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

    [02] CYPRUS - ENERGY

    Cyprus has to rely almost exclusively on imported fuels to satisfy its energy needs and last year, the cost of imported energy reached 19% of the countrys total imports, said Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Antonis Paschalides. Addressing the event ``Energy saving in the EU and in Cyprus``, at the Journalists House in Nicosia, Paschalides said the Government of Cyprus has formulated and implements a comprehensive energy strategy. Its main objective, he said, is the reduction of the countrys dependence on imported energy through rational use and the greatest possible exploitation of the renewable energy sources.

    ``The fastest, the most efficient and economically feasible way to be less dependant on imported energy and at the same time to reduce emissions and improve air quality, is energy conservation. The building sector consumes 37% of our energy demand. Studies carried out by the Energy Service of the Ministry show that savings can vary from 25% to 50%, depending on the case``, he mentioned. For these reasons, he continued, the Energy Service has already drafted and implements a Law which regulates energy performance on buildings.

    In addition, in order to promote the use of renewable energy sources the Cyprus Government has adopted a new Action Plan, and a new Support Scheme was set in motion that covers the period 2009-2013, Paschalides concluded.

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