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Cyprus Chief EU Negotiator in Brussels
2002-09-27 10:08:57

Nicosia, Sep 27 (CNA) -- Chief Negotiator for Cyprus' accession to the European Union, George Vassiliou, is in Brussels where today he will hold important meetings on issues concerning the accession negotiations.

Vassiliou, accompanied by Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Environment Ministry officials, will discuss all technical issues which are pending in the agriculture chapter. |

The meeting is described as "very significant because it is expected to lead the soonest, to the completion of negotiations on this chapter", a press release of the office of the Chief Negotiator said.

Vassiliou will also meet EU officials to discuss the issue of independent internal auditing in Cyprus. Commission experts who visited the island recently ascertained flaws in the existing system.

It is expected during the Brussels meeting, there will be an agreement for Cyprus to take all measures in accordance with the instructions of the European Commission.

Vassiliou flew to Brussels from Warsaw after attending a meeting of the Laeken candidate countries (Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia).

The EU candidate-member states reiterated the importance of the Nice Treaty for the accession process, underlining that "the ratification of the Treaty of Nice by all member states is one of the elements of EU internal preparations for the admission of new members which will enable all of us to meet in the Union in 2004".

Cyprus played a substantial role in the deliberations of the meeting because with its suggestions led to the adoption by the Laeken Candidate Countries, of the declaration on the Treaty of Nice.

In another press release, the Laeken Candidate countries said they made a positive assessment of the progress achieved in the accession process.

They "reaffirmed the determination of their countries to conclude accession negotiations by the Copenhagen European Council with the objective of becoming member states of the EU by 1 January 2004".

Furthermore, they confirmed the need to continue exchanges of views between their countries in the final phase of negotiations".

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