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Chambers of two communities to launch training programme
2002-07-26 10:58:40

Nicosia, Jul 26 (CNA) - Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KEVE) President Vassilis Rologis said today that the EU-financed training programmes for small and medium enterprise (SME) staff of the two communities in Cyprus (Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot) would begin in October.

He said EU funding reaches 1,5 million euros and noted that a person will be appointed to remain on the island and monitor the implementation of the project.

Rologis was speaking after a meeting in Nicosia of delegations of KEVE and the Turkish Cypriot chamber, in the presence of EU negotiator for Cyprus' accession Leopold Maurer.

Rologis said the purpose of Maurer's presence was to brief the two chambers on how they should inform their members in order to better implement the programmes.|

He added that the EU was willing to increase its funding if this programme got off to a good start in October.

Rologis said the two chambers would be meeting in Brussels in September with the EU official to be appointed to monitor the programme.

Replying to questions, Rologis said the two chambers do not discuss political issues or anything to do with the problem of Cyprus, divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory.

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