Nicosia and Washington on Tuesday agreed to accelerate their efforts to include Cyprus in the United States’ Visa Waiver Programme, with the two side
Efforts for Cyprus to join US Visa Waiver Programme stepped up

Efforts for Cyprus to join US Visa Waiver Programme stepped up

Efforts for Cyprus to join US Visa Waiver Programme stepped up

Efforts for Cyprus to join US Visa Waiver Programme stepped up

Efforts for Cyprus to join US Visa Waiver Programme stepped up

Efforts for Cyprus to join US Visa Waiver Programme stepped up
Efforts for Cyprus to join US Visa Waiver Programme stepped up
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Nicosia and Washington on Tuesday agreed to accelerate their efforts to include Cyprus in the United States’ Visa Waiver Programme, with the two sides setting up a Working Group to deal with this matter.

According to a Foreign Ministry, Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides, Interior Minister Nicos Nouris, and Justice Minister Yiorogos Savvides met jointly with US Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl C. Risch, who is paying a working visit to Cyprus.

The meeting is part of the effort to further strengthen Cyprus-US cooperation on a wide range of issues, including the process to abolish the need for Cypriot passport holders who want to travel to the US to obtain a visa.

During the meeting the two sides reviewed the progress achieved so far in relation to Cyprus’ inclusion to the Visa Waiver Programme and decided to immediately set up a Working Group, with competent officials from both governments, to accelerate the efforts and successfully conclude the process the soonest possible.

It is noted that they also discussed ways to further develop bilateral relations, and that they exchanged views on developments in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, which highlight the positive role Cyprus is playing as a factor for stability and security in the broader region.

Finally, the two sides agreed to continue their bilateral contacts on all levels, in order to monitor and deal with consular affairs, withing the framework of their contractive and mutually beneficial relationship.

(Cyprus News Agency)

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Efforts for Cyprus to join US Visa Waiver Programme stepped up

€1,000 subsidy for the purchase of used vehicles

€1,000 subsidy for the purchase of used vehicles

According to today’s Phileleftheros, the Ministry of Transport has set before the Council of Ministers an amended version of its scrappage programme to be put to a vote today.

The new version includes a €1,000 subsidy for the replacement of old vehicles with used vehicles — this was not part of the initial scheme approved last November that provided only for the replacement with new vehicles.

Yiannis Karousos stated that the reason behind the addition of used cars to the scheme is to enable lower-income citizens to replace their old vehicles.

The Ministry’s budget for the programme is €3 million, of which €2 million is earmarked for the withdrawal of an old car and replacement with a new car with a conventional engine.

The subsidy is €2,000 for new conventional vehicles, and €5,000 for new electric vehicles — the latter instance does not require the withdrawal of an old car.

The old car should be at least 15 years old or older, the age to be calculated from the date when the vehicle was first registered in any country as new up to the first day of the launch of the programme. It should also have been continuously registered (and not struck off due to non-payment of taxes and fees), for the last ten years.

The new car should have a Euro 6AD or newer engine, that does not exceed 1,800 cc.

€250,000 of the budget will go towards the replacement with a used electric car. Each car is allowed the amount of €2,500 which means that 100 cars will benefit.

€600,000 will go towards the replacement with a used imported car, which covers 600 cars.

The used cars must be imported and aged up to 3 years with a Euro 6 engine.

The scheme will last for one month and applications must be submitted electronically via a Road Transport Department portal that is to be launched soon. According to Phileleftheros, applications will open sometime in February or March.

Approval of applications will be valid for seven months from the approval date.

Funds will be paid out up to 30 days after the beneficiary submits the old car’s destruction certificate.

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Limassol-Piraeus ferry ticket to cost €130 return

Limassol-Piraeus ferry ticket to cost €130 return

A return ticket by ferry from Limassol to Piraeus will cost about €130 per person without a car, deputy shipping minister Natasa Pilides said on Tuesday.

She was briefing the House Transport Committee on efforts to relaunch a ferry link between Cyprus and Greece some 20 years after it was suspended.

The target remains for the service to launch this summer, she added.

The government has already submitted to the European Commission a detailed proposal from Cyprus. A second communication has been held between the two sides to underline that the issue is pressing and a reply is expected soon, she added.

Once Nicosia receives the go-ahead it will  launch tenders so that the service can start in the summer.

Preparatory work has been carried out with the state aid commissioner and the state treasurer as regards the tender terms so that Cyprus is ready to launch bids, Pilides said.

Consultations have also been carried out with the Cyprus Shipping Council and the Union of Shipowners as well as companies from other countries and there is hope that bids will be submitted as there is interest from Cyprus, Greece and other EU countries.

A state grant will be given based on a pre-agreed sum and will be based on the company’s profits.  It is likely to be slightly above €5m.  A meeting will be held with the Transport Minister tomorrow to discuss the issue of cars.

Committee chairman Andreas Kyprianou said that the EU Commission appears to views Cyprus’ request positively.

There have long been calls for the restoration of a ferry link between the two countries that ceased in 2000. Previous efforts have stumbled on the problem of money, with feasibility studies indicating that such a link would not be financially viable.

But the deputy ministry carried out a  new feasibility study with the help of foreign consultants that was completed on August 5 and then submitted a thorough proposal to the European Commission for approval.

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