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EU chief Ursula von der Leyen to visit Cyprus next week

EU chief Ursula von der Leyen is to visit Cyprus next week mainly to exchange views on the Mediterranean island’s national economic recovery and resilience plan, Philenews reported on Tuesday.

The Recovery and Resilience Plan will absorb funds worth 1.2 billion euro that will be allocated to Cyprus by the EU Recovery and Resilience Mechanism during the period 2021-2026.

The main priority pillars of the program are Digital Transformation and Energy Transition, as well as its specific objectives.

These include boosting the competitiveness of the economy, sustainable growth, digital transformation, modernization of the education system, strengthening the health system and the welfare state and consolidation of effective institutions.

Von der Layen’s short one-day visit mainly concerns the economy, but it is beleived that messages will be sent on other issues, as well.

Specifically, on the Cyprus issue considering the EU chief has already referred to a telephone conversation she had with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to whom she stressed the bloc’s opposition to a two-state solution in Cyprus – something that Ankara started lobbying for.

 

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