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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>
Monday, 24 April 2000
 Cyprus adopts measures to harmonise environmental legislation with the EUCyprus plans to spend over 600 million pounds in the coming decade to harmonise its institutions relating to the environment with European Union regulations, Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment Mr. Costars Themistocleous said last Saturday.
He also said Cyprus will work very hard to ensure that environmental issues do not get in the way of the country's accession course, adding that for the first time Cyprus is going to get EU funds for its pre-accession process.
Speaking at a press conference on the occasion of «Earth Day» Mr Themistocleous said «Cyprus has a long way to go in our harmonisation effort relating to environmental issues», noting that in the past such matters were not top priority in Cyprus.
«We have time to proceed with harmonisation with the acquis communautaire so that environmental issues do not cause problems in EU membership," he said.
The minister said more efforts need to be made in the control of pollution, the use of mud in agriculture and dealing with waste materials.
Moreover he added that Cyprus needs to update its legislation and strengthen administrative and technological infrastructure.
 Cyprus becomes the 38th member of the Nuclear Suppliers GroupCyprus has been accepted on the 20 April in the Nuclear Suppliers Group. The Group aims at preventing and combating the proliferation of illicit trafficking of weapons and explosive devices and at contributing in the promotion of the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and international cooperation in accordance with the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) safeguards system.
 Accreditation of New Cyprus Ambassador to EgyptCyprus Ambassador to Egypt Mr Drousiotis presented on 20 April his credentials to the President of Egypt Mr Mohamed Hosni Mubarak. Mr Drousiotis expressed the government's appreciation for Egypt's support to a just solution of the Cyprus problem.
From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/