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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 12-09-28

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <http://www.cyna.org.cy>


CONTENTS

  • [01] Average monthly earnings increase in second quarter of 2012
  • [02] Minister: Quality in higher education a priority for Cyprus
  • [03] France and Cyprus have common views on EU defence matters
  • [04] CNA Acting Director elected to EANA Board

  • [01] Average monthly earnings increase in second quarter of 2012

    The average monthly earnings of employees during the second quarter of 2012 amounted to 1,951 euros, with males earning 2,147 euros and females 1,728 euros, recording an increase of 2.1%.

    According to the preliminary estimations of the Statistical Service, in comparison with the second quarter of 2011, an increase of 2.1% was recorded in the average monthly earnings of employees, which for males was 2.1% and for females 2.5%.

    The corresponding increase observed during the second quarter of 2011 was 3.1%. The increase, to a large extent, reflects the payment of the Cost of Living Allowance on the gross earnings of employees, 1.39% as of July 2011.

    [02] Minister: Quality in higher education a priority for Cyprus

    Quality in higher education in Cyprus is a priority, Minister of Education and Culture Giorgos Demosthenous has said.

    Demosthenous was addressing on Friday, in Nicosia, an international conference on quality in higher education institutions.

    Ensuring quality in higher education in Cyprus is a priority for the ministry of education and culture", he said. In this context, he added, the process of founding a Cyprus Agency on Quality and Accreditation of Education is underway.

    [03] France and Cyprus have common views on EU defence matters

    France and Cyprus share common views on EU defence matters whilst their bilateral relations remain excellent in all areas, Cyprus Defence Minister Demetris Eliades has said.

    According to an official press release issued here on Friday Eliades met with his French counterpart Jean - Yves Le Drian before the latter's departure for France. Le Drian was in Cyprus attending the unofficial EU Defence Ministers meeting in the context of the Cyprus EU Council Presidency, which runs for the second half of 2012.

    After the meeting, Eliades said the they had concluded that they hold common views as regards EU security and defence policy, on developments in the region, as well as the Union's role in defence matters.

    [04] CNA Acting Director elected to EANA Board

    Acting Director and Editor-in-Chief of the Cyprus News Agency George Penintaex was unanimously elected member of the Board of the European Alliance of News Agencies (EANA) on Friday for a three-year term.

    The election was held during the EANA General Assembly, which was hosted by Portuguese News Agency LUSA in Lisbon. Chairman of the Board for the next two years is Director General of the Austrian News Agency APA Peter Kropsch.


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