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Anastasiades expresses Cyprus’ full support to the Finnish EU Presidency

President Nicos Anastasiades with Finnish Prime Minister, Juha Sipilä. (CNA)

President Nicos Anastasiades has expressed Cyprus’ full support to the Finnish Presidency of the European Council during the second half of 2019.

Anastasiades had on Sunday a meeting and a working lunch with Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä, at the Presidential Palace in view of the Finnish EU Presidency.

He said in a post on his twitter account that “it is indeed a great pleasure to welcome today in Cyprus, PM of Finland Juha Sipilä. Ι would like to express our full support to the Finnish Presidency which we believe identifies accurately our Union’s policy priorities and addresses our common challenges.”

In statements to the media, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said that the Finnish EU Presidency’s priorities were the focus of the discussion between Anastasiades and Sipilä.

Prodromou noted that they also discussed about the two countries’ bilateral relations and prospects for further expanding and deepening these relations.

He said that Anastasiades informed the Finnish PM about  the trilateral cooperation schemes that the Republic of Cyprus has been developing in the region and how beneficial they could be for the relations of the EU with countries in the region, including about issues related to the energy sector.

Prodromou said that main issues during the two leaders’ discussions were the 2021-2027 multiannual financial framework, the internal market, the Monetary Union and the migration issue.

Moreover he said that they particularly discussed about start-up entrepreneurship and cooperation in the field.