The Minister for Transport, Communications and Works and the Deputy Minister for Tourism participated in a teleconference with the Executive Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Competition, Margrethe Vestager.
The Minister of Transport, Communications and Works Mr. Giannis Karousos and the Deputy Minister of Tourism Mr. Savvas Perdios participated today in a teleconference with the Executive Vice President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager.
The Minister of Transport, Communications and Works thanked the Commissioner for approving the extension of the emergency Incentive Plan to airlines to address the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic by 30 June 2021. Mr Karousos asked Ms Vestager to Consider granting enhanced connectivity relief to remote Member States in the geographical periphery of the European Union, such as Cyprus.
In addition, the Minister informed Ms. Vestager that, in the context of the additional relaxations granted by the European Commission in relation to state aid, the Republic of Cyprus is proceeding with the necessary changes proposed by the European Commission.
For his part, the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Mr. Savvas Perdios, asked Ms. Vestager for a relaxation of the maximum amount of state aid that Cyprus can provide to airlines, given that our country is an island and the air connection is the only choice of travelers for arrival / departure to and from Cyprus, unlike many other countries that have connections with trains, buses, private vehicles, etc.
Finally, the Deputy Minister of Tourism requested that state aid to airlines last more than one year, e.g. three years, which is considered to be the most efficient, in terms of the planning of all those involved.
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