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Maurer briefs chambers on EU-funded SME project
2002-10-03 11:39:07

Nicosia, Oct 3 (CNA) -- The EU's Chief Negotiator with Cyprus, Leopold Maurer, has announced that the joint project for informing Cypriot small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) on the acquis communautaire and to enhance their competitiveness will begin in November. The project is sponsored by the European Union with funds reaching 1,5 million euros.

Speaking after a meeting yesterday afternoon in Nicosia with members of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KEVE) and the respective Turkish Cypriot chamber, Maurer said they discussed the details of the project and noted that a project manager would arrive on the island next week to monitor works.|

''What we are doing here is to teach SMEs about the acquis, computerising and e-Commerce. The main objective is to help SMEs become more competitive and to learn about the EU'', Maurer explained.

Maurer said the project was ''in the last phase'' and that it was ''a pilot project to prepare for the future''.

The EU official noted that when the Cyprus problem was solved, the chambers would be able to work together in order to help their industries and members.

KEVE President Vasilis Rologis said a meeting would be held today between delegations from the US, the EU and UNOPS (United Nations Office for Special Projects), in order to look into ways of implementing the whole project.

President of the Turkish Cypriot chamber Ali Erel did not make a statement.

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