Delivering the Memoranda to the Leaders of the Two Communities

On 14 January 2016 a ceremony was held by the All-Cyprus Trade Unions Forum. The ceremony aimed to deliver several memoranda to the leaders of the Greek-Cypriot and the Turkish-Cypriot community, Nikos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akıncı resperctively.The memoranda concerned seven Thematic Conferences, that were organised by... 

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Press Conference on the Completion of the Thematic Conferences

On 9th of November 2015, a press conference was held by the project's team in order for the Social Actors Network to signal the completion of the Thematic Conferences In the conference, the team welcomed the completion of the Thematic Conferences, within the framework of which it was made possible through a democratic and structured dialogue to elaborate and adopt seven.... 

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Meeting of the Social Actors Network on the Completion of the Thematic Conferences

On 26th of October 2015, a meeting of the project's team along with the leadership of the "All Cyprus Trade Unions Forum (ACTUF)" took place in Nicosia. In the meeting, the trade unions of Cyprus, SEK, PEO, PASYDY, ETYK, POED, OLTEK, ESK, TÜRK-SEN, DEV-IŞ, KTAMS, KTÖS, KTOEÖS, KOOP-SEN, BES, BASIN-SEN welcomed the completion... 

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Framework Document

One of the activities included in this project was the production of a Framework Document. The document was a study on the comparison of the performance of the two communities’ economies and on how economic and social cohesion was safeguarded and promoted in federal state structures. It was used to facilitated the main activities of the project. This document was not  subjected to negotiated changes within the Social Actors Network. It was a working paper produced by the team in the initial steps of the project in order to encourage discussion and outline the structure of the dialogue within the Social Actors Network. The Framework Document included two parts:

 

Part 1: The economic performance of the two communities’ economies

 

The aim of part 1 analysis was the determination of opportunities of collaboration between the two communities, economic convergence and mutual benefit from the development of an integrated economy. This part of the study was to provide:

 

a) A comparative analysis of the economic growth regimes in the two communities’ economies;

 

b) A research on the structure of the two communities economies;

 

c) A research on the mode of articulation of the two economies (goods and services trade, structure and functioning of labour markets and flows of capital).

 

Part 2: Economic and social cohesion in federal state – the case of Cyprus

 

The aim of this part of the study was to discuss how economic and social cohesion in federal state structures is promoted and the respective policy competences are allocated between the federal state and its component states. Furthermore, good international practices were discussed and possible regulations for Cyprus drafted. The research work included ca. 20 interviews with social actors (representatives of social groups and organisations), so as to reflect their understanding on the issues discussed in the document. Part 2 of the study was initially structured as follows:

 

a) Regulation of minority issues in federal state structures (discussion of the position in the future federal state of Cyprus of the constitutionally recognized minorities, i.e. Maronites, Armenians and Latins)

 

b) Towards a sustainable and integrated economic development (discussion of the economic benefits of solution of the Cyprus problem as well as the requirements for a socially fair and just allocation of these benefits)

 

c) Labour freedoms and relations (discussion of workers’ rights, such as the freedom of association, right to strike and other issues determining labour relations)

 

d) Social security and social protection (discussion of the requirements for an effective and solidarity driven social security system as well as complementary providence of social protection for vulnerable groups)

 

e) Equality issues (discussion of gender equality issues, as well as combating discrimination on the ground of colour, race, religion or belief, disability, nationality and sexual orientation)

 

f) Health and safety at work (discussion of legal regimes and requirements for an integrated health and safety at work protection system)

 

g) Federal equalisation practices (discussion of the allocation regime of financial resources between the various instances of power, i.e the federal, the component state and the local administration instance)

 

h) Utilisation and allocation of income generated from the hydrocarbons exploitation (discussion of how this income could benefit the Cypriot people, study of models and best practices for the allocation of this income, including the Norwegian model).

 

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