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EU Warns Cyprus on Sea Protection, Airport Safety

The European Commission has warned Cyprus to draw up a strategy to protect its sea and to update its airport security measures or face possible penalties, said the EU institution in a statement.

Cyprus has failed to implement the Marine Strategy directive which should have been in place by 15 July 2010. If it does not comply within two months, the case may be sent to the Court of Justice and the government hit with fines, said the Commission.

The directive gives member states guidelines to draw up coordinated strategies to protect and restore Europe's marine ecosystems.

Airport Security Updates

In related news, the Commission said that it is concerned that Cyprus has not yet adopted an up-to-date civil aviation security programme.

The last time Cyprus updated its civil aviation security was in 2004, and "does therefore not reflect the significant changes introduced into EU legislation since that time," said the Commission.

Under the present circumstances, Cyprus cannot guarantee that all airports, airlines and entities are aware of their respective responsibilities in terms of security nor ensure that effective national monitoring activities are carried out, said the Commission.

The government has two months to respond to the Commission's letter, or face fines in the Court of Justice.

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