Joint press conference by Nicos Anastasiades, President of Cyprus, and José Manuel Barroso: extracts
Type: Summary of press conference
Brussels - EC/Berlaymont
On 23 May 2013, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, received Nicos Anastasiades, President of Cyprus, in Brussels. The discussion focused on the challenges of Cyprus and José Manuel Barroso reassured President of Cyprus that the European Union is determined to stand by Cyprus and the Cypriots in these extremely difficult times. This video shows the press conference given by the officials following their meeting.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the Berlaymont building in Brussels
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||Joint arrival of Nicos Anastasiades, President of Cyprus, and José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC (2 shots)
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): In March an adjustment programme for Cyprus. This programme is the key vehicle for a new departure for the Cypriot economy. It provides remedies that will enable Cyprus to move away from the previous situation that was proven to be unsustainable. It will help Cyprus to revise its growth model and address the vulnerability of an oversized and under-capitalised banking system.
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||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): We know it is important to help Cyprus to face the social consequences of the economic shock. Therefore, the available EU resources for Cyprus have to be mobilised as quickly and as effectively as possible. The dedicated Support Group that I have established will work with the Cypriot authorities to ensure that funding can be channelled where it is most effective. It will also provide Cyprus with technical expertise to support the achievement of the adjustment programme objectives. We are currently working with Cyprus to agree on the priorities for this assistance.
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||Soundbite by Nicos Anastasiades (in ENGLISH): We discussed issues of common concerns and I informed President Barroso of the latest developments regarding the economic situation in Cyprus as well as of course about the Cyprus question. President Barroso showed great interest and I very much appreciate his support in these very difficult times for Cyprus. I would also like to thank him for his decision to set up a support group to provide technical assistance to Cyprus in its effort to re-energize its economy and implement the required reforms and adjustments.
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||Soundbite by Nicos Anastasiades (in ENGLISH): It is important that our partners have recognized the sincere efforts of my government and the people of Cyprus. I assure you that we will continue to deliver on our commitment while at the same time implementing measures to reinvigorate our economy.
||Departure of José Manuel Barroso and Nicos Anastasiades (2 shots)