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Cyprus Transport Minister calls on EU to protect country against third country actions in air transport

Cyprus’ Transport Minister Marios Demetriades has appealed to his counterparts in the European Union to guarantee the protection of his country against third country actions in air transport.

Demetriades was addressing the Transport and Telecommunications Council in Brussels. There, he issued his support for the free movement of data project, provided the essential checks and balances are in place.

In particular, Demetriades was adamant that the EU protects its member states from the potential negative effects of third countries and help improve the connectivity of Cyprus in and outside the bloc.

Demetriades has also urged the EU to properly address the air transport divide between member states with the use of positive regulatory moves. He also proposed relaxing the Shorter Line Grant Scheme (PSO) to drive more development and connectivity of the EU’s states.

With regards to the freedom of movement of data initiative, Demetriades stressed the need to keep existing mutual support pacts between the member states in the context of significant controls, backing the integration of single data market.

The Council tackled issues such as data protection, the legislative package on the mobility of workers in the road transport sector, the safeguarding of competition in the aviation sector and the development of a strategy by the International Maritime Organization to lessen greenhouse gas emissions.

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