The President of the Republic of Cyprus, Demetris Christofias stressed that the Republic of Cyprus seeks the implementation of balanced policies that combine fiscal discipline and policies for growth and creation of jobs.
Speaking at a joint press conference with the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, following his presentation of the priorities of the Cyprus Presidency at the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, President Christofias said that the reason austerity policies have not worked was because they are one-sided.
“There needs to be a combination between fiscal discipline, which is necessary, and growth and creation of jobs. There is a need for balanced policies. That is what the Cyprus Presidency looks for.”
The President of the European Parliament said that the Cyprus Presidency is very well prepared. “It is one of the best prepared Presidencies I have seen in a very long time. Mr. Barroso has also evaluated the Presidency in the same way as I have,” Schulz said.
He expressed belief that Cyprus and President Christofias himself will strive for more social justice, solidarity, control of financial markets, combating poverty and noted that Demetris Christofias is the right person at this time to represent the EU on issues of social justice and to represent the European ideals based on the Community Method.
Replying to a question, the President of the European Parliament noted that Turkey should respect that the EU has certain rules one of which is the rotating EU Presidency.
“Turkey wants to accede the EU and not vice versa, that is why Turkey should respect the EU rules,” Schulz said.