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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 13-04-25

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


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  • [01] Cyprus to bring laws on access to justice in line with European norms
  • [02] Minister of Agriculture participates in Informal Council in Dublin

  • [01] Cyprus to bring laws on access to justice in line with European norms

    The European Commission is concerned that Cyprus` laws on access to justice in environmental matters are falling short of European standards. Under EU legislation, Member States have to ensure access to administrative and judicial review procedures related to the assessment of the impacts of certain projects and plans on the environment.

    This is intended to enable the public and NGOs to participate effectively in such procedures. According to a statement released in Brussels Thursday, after assessing Cyprus` legislation in this area, the Commission is concerned that the existing legislation may overly restrict the access to justice of certain NGOs. Despite an earlier letter of formal notice, and Cyprus` intention to amend its legislation, the Commission has not been informed of any change to the Cyprus law.

    A reasoned opinion (the second stage in EU infringement proceedings) is therefore being sent. Cyprus has two months to reply. If it fails to ensure compliance with the EU law, the Commission may decide to refer the case to the Court of Justice.

    [02] Minister of Agriculture participates in Informal Council in Dublin

    Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment Nikos Kouyialis, represented Cyprus at the Informal Council of Environment Ministers in Dublin on 21-23 April and participated in discussions on the green economy, air and climate change.

    According to a press release issued Thursday, in a discussion on the promotion of green products and the European initiative on resource efficiency, Kouyialis underlined the importance of providing technical and financial support to SMEs in order to achieve a smooth transition to green economy.

    The Cypriot Minister welcomed the effort of the EU to adopt more austere measures to improve air quality by reviewing European Employment Strategy.


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