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EU Commissioner for Regional Policy to visit Cyprus
2011-07-20 08:48:24

EU Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn will pay a two-day visit to Cyprus from July 21 through July 22, during which he will have meetings with officials and gather information about the situation at the Vasiliko Power Station.

A European Commission press release said this is a long-planned visit that will give Commissioner Hahn the opportunity to find out at first-hand about the progress of regional projects funded through the EU Structural Funds.

Mr. Hahn will be meeting with several members of the Government to discuss matters relating to the Cyprus Presidency of the EU Council in the second semester of 2012 as well as issues pertaining to European cohesion policy, the press release noted.

Commissioner Hahn stated on the subject of his forthcoming visit to Cyprus: ''I know I will visit Cyprus at a time the country is facing a very difficult situation, dealing with the consequences of the terrible tragedy of last week. My visit therefore should be seen in the light of the solidarity principle on which the European Union is based. I will have various discussions to see how and where the European Union can help Cyprus.''

Commissioner Hahn will visit the Vasiliko Power Station on Thursday morning and will later meet with Mrs. Erato Kozakou Marcoulli both in her capacity as Communications and Works Minister and as Acting Minister of Finance.

Mr. Hahn will also meet Interior Minister Neoklis Silikiotis, as well as Nicosia Mayor Eleni Mavrou and visit projects co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

On his last day in Cyprus, Commissioner Hahn will visit the Unit of Integrated Management of Solid Household Waste in Koshi, co-financed by the Cohesion Fund and will later have a meeting with Limassol Mayor Andreas Christou. He is also due to visit project sites in and around Limassol, co-financed by the ERDF or by the Cohesion Fund.

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