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23 September 2021
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Cyprus has taken over the EU's
rotating six-month council presidency only days after it became the fifth
eurozone country to receive a bailout for its ailing financial sector. Cyprus
insists its presidency agenda will not be overshadowed by its request for
financial assistance, despite its banks struggling under the weight of huge
losses on their investments in Greece.
European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund auditors arrived in
Nicosia yesterday to begin an assessment of the struggling country's needs.
Demetris Christofias called for budgetary discipline in the EU to be
complemented by a "strong growth strategy", saying that
"austerity-only policies have not proven successful", says the
officials are hopeful that the island would avoid the kind of harsh austerity
measures endured by other bailout countries, with Nicosia very keen to retain
its 10 per cent corporate tax rate.
The Cypriot government is
also sounding out Russia and China over possible bilateral loan deals, as its
junk credit rating status prevents it from trading on international debt
Meanwhile, the UN and EU
have expressed frustration that Nicosia has announced that it plans to put
reunification talks with northern Cyprus on the "back burner" while
the country concentrates on its presidency duties.
commissioner Štefan Füle has urged Cyprus to maintain the peace process saying
that there was "no contradiction" between a successful EU council
presidency term and continued reconciliation talks.
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