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EU Ombudspersons to Meet in Cyprus in 2009
2008-03-20 08:30:19

Nicosia, Mar 17 - The conference of the 27 Ombudspersons of the European Union, which will be held in Cyprus in 2009, and the changes to come about with the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty were discussed during a meeting in Nicosia on Monday between Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcos Kyprianou and European Ombudsman Nikiforos Diamantouros.

The ombudspersons of the EU meet every two years, during which they discuss developments in EU law and better practices

Speaking after the meeting, Mr. Kyprianou said they discussed various issues of mutual interest, ''changes or foreseeable changes with the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty, as well as the meeting scheduled to be held in Cyprus next year between the 27 European Ombudspersons.''

He noted that the government supported cooperation on national and European level ''because we are interested in proper administration and the promotion of the rights of Cypriot and European citizens.''

Mr. Diamantouros expressed hope that the Lisbon Treaty would be ratified in 2009, adding that then ''it will create rights for the citizens emanating from the Charter of Fundamental Rights and thus the Cypriot citizens, as European citizens, will be able to enjoy increased rights.''

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