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Cyprus, Denmark discuss EU, Brexit issues

Cyprus and Denmark have agreed that the EU should deliver tangible resources on issues that matter to the European citizens and their future.

This is what Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen told journalists in Nicosia on Wednesday after talks with his Cypriot counterpart Ioannis Kasoulides.

“We agreed that the EU should deliver tangible resource on issues that matter to the European citizens and their future, such as secure borders, end of migration, creation of jobs and growth,” he said.

“We also agreed on the importance of free trade and have many common interests. Both our countries have a significant merchant industry including fisheries and shipping and can work together to promote maritime interests also”, he added.

On Brexit, he said it was good that the UK had started proceeding papers.

“We scrutinize them now and we do fully support the Commission and the EU 27 unity. It is clear that we want a close relationship, but we want rights and obligations to be balanced,” he also said.

“That is important especially for countries like ours that have a lot of treaties with the UK”.

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In addition, Samuelsen said he had presented Denmark’s candidature for the relocation of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) saying his country had pitched a solid candidature.

“We think that, based on the objective criteria, Denmark has a good offer and I am very happy that you listened to the offer and the bid from Denmark”.

He was asked whether he agreed with Kasoulides who had earlier said that the criteria set for the relocation of EMA were restrictive for the smaller EU states, such as Cyprus.

Samuelsen said: “There is no doubt that when you set up criteria, it is important that the Agency should be able to hit the ground running, to have what they want, including connecting flights and other criteria like that. Of course, it puts Cyprus in a difficult situation”.

The visiting minister, who also met with President Nicos Anastasiades early in the morning, referred to Denmark’s contribution to the UN peacekeeping force on the divided island.

“Denmark is very proud to have contributed in keeping peace in Cyprus through its about 22.000 soldiers…It is a great part of our history and we are very satisfied for that,” he said.

 

 

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