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13th International Film Festival: CYPRUS FILM DAYS 2015 - CALL FOR ENTRIES (17/4/2015 - 26/4/2015)
Call for entries for the International Competition Section “Glocal Images” Submission of films

The Ministry of Education and Culture and the Rialto Theatre announce that the Call for Entries for the 13th CYPRUS FILM DAYS - International Film Festival 2015, is now open. The festival, which is being held for the 13th time this year, will host for the 5th international competition section entitled “Glocal Images”, in which filmmakers from around the globe and Cyprus are invited to submit their fiction films. The films participating in the competition section will be selected by the festival’s artistic committee: Dr. Costas Constandinides (Academic) Tonia Misiali (Director/Producer) and Stelana Kliris (Director/Producer). This year’s festival will take place from the 17th to the 26th of April 2015 in Nicosia and in Limassol as in previous years.
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Respect Cyprus' sovereignty, fulfill your obligations, EU Council tells Turkey
The EU Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs urged Turkey in its Conclusions, on Tuesday, to respect Cyprus` sovereign rights and expressed “deep regret” over Turkey`s refusal to implement the Ankara Protocol that is to say to normalise its relations with the Republic of Cyprus.

Cyprus, Greece and Austria were of the view that no new chapter of the negotiation between Turkey and the EU should be opened at the moment. On the other hand, 14 member states, were of the view that chapters 23 and 24 should be opened, while the rest didn’t express any opinion.
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German Marshall Fund roundtable discussion: “New Prospects for the Eastern Mediterranean and the Cyprus Problem”
On Tuesday, December 9th, 2014, the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) hosted a roundtable discussion with Ambassador Andreas Mayroyiannis, chief negotiator for the Greek Cypriot community in inter-communal talks aimed at a settlement of the problem of the division of the island. His presentation was entitled “New Prospects for the Eastern Mediterranean and the Cyprus Problem.” GMF Senior Advisor Sir Michael Leigh introduced and moderated the discussion. This event was attended by some 30 diplomatic, government, and think tank representatives.

To begin the discussion, Leigh described the current state of negotiations, the volatility of the region, and the hope that new energy discoveries would facilitate relations among states in the Eastern Mediterranean and not become a new source of tension. Ambassador Mayroyiannis said that the new leadership of the European Union, in particular European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk, should bring synergy to the institutions and allow Europe increasingly to speak with one voice. “Thanks to the Republic of Cyprus,” he continued, “Turkish Cypriots are now European citizens; this is fundamental. The Turkish Cypriot community today is even more attached than the Greek Cypriots to the European Union”. This meant that the question of EU membership was off the table in the inter-communal talks.
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Signing of the FATCA Agreement between Cyprus and the USA - 02/12/2014
The Minister of Finance, Mr Harris Georgiades, and the US Ambassador to Cyprus, Mr John M. Koenig, signed today, at the Ministry of Finance, an Agreement on the improvement of the International Tax Compliance for the implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) between Cyprus and the USA.

In his address during the signing ceremony, Ambassador Koenig stated the following:
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Joint Declaration by the Ministers of Energy of Cyprus, Egypt and Greece - 25/11/2014
The Minister of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Yiorgos Lakkotrypis, the Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Mr Sherif Ismail, and the Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change of the Hellenic Republic, Mr Yiannis Maniatis, met today, in Nicosia, and had a substantial and results-oriented discussion on the prospects of closer cooperation between their respective Governments in the energy sector.

The meeting of the three Ministers constitutes the first follow-up trilateral Ministerial meeting between the three Governments, after the landmark Cairo Summit of November 8th, which was held at the Heads of State/Government level. In this respect, the three Ministers reiterated their countries’ common position as reflected in the trilateral summit Cairo Declaration and expressed their common desire to build on the momentum of tripartite cooperation between their respective Governments, in line with the Cairo Declaration of 8th November.
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