The EP Committee on Petitions (PETI) is conducting a fact-finding mission in Larnaca between Wednesday and Friday following concerns raised over the creation of an industrial port in the town.
According to a statement from the European Parliament’s office in Cyprus, the purpose of the mission is to provide a follow-up to a series of petitions by local residents concerning environmental and health concerns connected to the creation of an industrial port in Larnaca and consequences of its operation to the broader area.
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On Wednesday the delegation was due to meet with Larnaca Mayor Andreas Vyras and then with the citizens who submitted the petitions.
On the second day of their visit, Thursday, the members of the delegation will visit Larnaca port area and then will hold meetings with representatives of the Ministries of Energy, Interior, Transportation and Agriculture, Representatives of the Office of the Commissioner for the Environment, as well as the General Auditor.
Members of the delegation will also pay a visit to the House of Representatives where they will have a meeting with the President and members of the Committee on Environment and with members of the Parliamentary Transport Committee.
On the same day they will give a press conference at the EU House in Nicosia.
On Friday, the delegation will visit Aradippou Municipality and will then have meetings with Mayor Evangelos Evangelides, the Ombudsman Maria Stylianou-Lottides and a new get together with citizens who have submitted the petitions.
The European Parliament`s delegation is led by MEP Pál Csáky (EPP) and comprises MEPs Miltiadis Kyrkos (S & D), Angela Vallina (GUE-NGL) and Igor Šoltes (Greens), also participate to it. The delegation will also be accompanied by Cypriot MEPs Dimitris Papadakis (S & D) and Takis Hadjigeorgiou (GUE-NGL).