Cyprus President to attend “Friends of Cohesion” Summit in Lisbon

The President joins several other heads of state to voice their resistance against the slashing of cohesion funds provided by the European Union

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President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, will travel to Lisbon to attend this Saturday, February 1, the Informal Summit of the group called the “Friends of Cohesion”, at the invitation of Portuguese President Antonio Costa.

President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, will travel to Lisbon to attend this Saturday, February 1, the Informal Summit of the group called the “Friends of Cohesion”, at the invitation of Portuguese President Antonio Costa.

As CNA learns, President Anastasiades will be among the 17 heads of state or government or their representatives taking part in the gathering of member states who are against slashing cohesion funds in the EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021-2027.

President Anastasiades will be among the 17 heads of state or government or their representatives taking part in the gathering of member states who are against slashing cohesion funds.”

Croatian News Agency HINA notes that the meeting in Portugal follows a gathering in Prague, on November 5, 2019, aiming to define the group’s next steps in defending the cohesion and agricultural policies in the next MFF.

During their gathering in the Czech capital, they demanded that in the 2021-2027 EU budget, the same amount should be set aside for the purpose of cohesion, as has been the practice so far.

“The same amount should be set aside for the purpose of cohesion, as has been the practice so far.”

They also insisted on preserving the same national proportion of means invested in EU co-funded projects in their respective countries, Also, they oppose plans to shorten the period necessary for the implementation of such projects.

“Τhey ALSO oppose plans to shorten the period necessary for the implementation of such projects.”

The member states of the group are Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Italy, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain. European Council President Charles Michel convened a Special European Council to discuss the EU’s long-term budget for 2021-2027, for February 20.

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