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20.12.2012, 13:24 (CET)
In the framework of the Cyprus Presidency, the contemporary art exhibition entitled ‘Terra Mediterranea – In Crisis’ sees a dynamic group of artists from Cyprus, the surrounding area and beyond, use their artwork to scrutinise and reflect on the concept and manifestations of crisis....
17.12.2012, 14:02 (CET)
An Odyssey that had been going on for almost 40 years, came to a happy end for the European Union last week. The European Parliament (EP) endorsed the agreement on the unitary patent protection package, which was reached in the Committee of Permanent Representatives on November 19 and was supported politically from the Competitiveness Council on December 9....
16.12.2012, 12:03 (CET)
An air of Cyprus has swept across Brussels during the past months. Not only in the meeting rooms of the enormous Council building Justus Lipsius, or through the customary Presidency decorations of the building, but also in the formal dining rooms and lunch rooms of the Council....
06.12.2012, 11:20 (CET)
The European population is growing older. In 2010, there were more than 87 million people aged 65 and over in the EU, some 17.4 per cent of the total population, compared to less than 13 per cent in January 1985. Allowing people to stay active as they grow older and to continue contributing to society is key to tackling the challenge that the process of demographic ageing poses....
03.12.2012, 12:10 (CET)
A recent report commissioned by the World Bank describes shocking scenarios if climate change isn’t combated, with an estimated increase of 4 degrees Celsius in global temperature during this century, along with heat waves, severe droughts and major flooding as a few consequences....
15.11.2012, 16:36 (CET)
Rich in international influences, the Cypriot dialect differs significantly from all the other vernaculars and dialects of the Modern Greek language. At the same time, it is a dialect that has survived through the centuries and is still spoken by Greek Cypriots of all the age groups and social classes....
02.11.2012, 13:09 (CET)
During its six-month duration, the number of meetings organised on the island by the Cyprus Presidency will total 170, while it is also hosting an array of cultural and other events. With an expected 40,000 people visiting Cyprus from July to December, the arrangement of transport, accommodation and catering can seem an insurmountable task....
01.11.2012, 09:10 (CET)
The protection and conservation of cultural heritage, together with regional and international cooperation in this field, are in the spotlight this week, with two conferences taking place under the auspices of the Cyprus Presidency. One is the 4th International Euro-Mediterranean Conference on Cultural Heritage issues, ‘EuroMed 2012’, which began on Monday, October 29, and will continue until November 3 at the Amathus Hotel in Lemesos (Limassol)....
25.10.2012, 08:54 (CET)
Since its inception in 2002, the annual European Tourism Forum undoubtedly constitutes an essential feature for issues relating to tourism at a European level. The forum hosts leading figures and representatives of the tourism industry, the public tourism sector, academics and researchers as well as representatives of regional and local authorities and civil society....
19.10.2012, 15:13 (CET)
In the past few decades, we have seen the term ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ (CSR) enter our daily lexicon.Concerning actions promoted by companies on a voluntary basis, which are over and above their legal obligations towards society and environment, corporate social responsibility must become an integral part of corporate and business strategy, according to the European Union....
12.10.2012, 14:14 (CET)
The more the internet evolves, the more criminal activities in the digital environment develop. The increase in the number of users has led to increasing profits for criminal activities on the internet, so called cybercrime. The Cyprus Presidency organises a seminar titled “Best Practices in Cooperation between EU Member States against Cybercrime”, on October 15 and 16, 2012....
09.10.2012, 14:07 (CET)
It is not by chance that the Earth is referred to as the ‘Blue Planet’. Around 70 per cent of the earth’s surface is covered by ocean. In the European Union alone, 22 of the 27 Member States have a coastline and two thirds of European frontiers are set by the sea....
04.10.2012, 14:15 (CET)
It has been identified by the Cyprus Presidency as one of its biggest successes. European Parliament Member (MEP), Mr. George Koumoutsakos has labelled it “a necessary boost”, while fellow MEP, Ms. Gesine Meissner already considers it a landmark, as it will inform the wider public of “the importance of maritime policy for the future of the EU”....
03.10.2012, 15:08 (CET)
Established by the Lisbon Treaty in 2009, the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) constitutes the main organisational framework for decision-making and application of the EU’s defence and security issues.  With changes in this area still fresh, the Cyprus Presidency has sought to enhance the knowledge of EU Officer Cadets on the subject by organising an Olympiad....
26.09.2012, 09:29 (CET)
Geographically positioned at the crossroads of three continents, Cyprus has always been a melting pot of different civilizations, from ancient times through to the present day. From Thursday, September 27 until Sunday, September 30, the island will act as a ‘filoxenos topos', a hospitable place, in welcoming hundreds of young and upcoming musicians from EU Member States and the Arab world, in a true Euro-Mediterranean celebration of music....
18.09.2012, 16:02 (CET)
The President of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has said it is “killing the game”. The International Centre for Sports Security (ICSS) has described it as a cancer threatening sport worldwide. Investigators have warned that European sport could end up as “a graveyard” if it is not dealt with....
10.09.2012, 14:10 (CET)
As experts they chair and participate in more than 150 Council working parties and committees that prepare the COREPER and the Council of Ministers meetings. They are the “front liners” that need to be on top of all the new challenges, progress, updates and technology within their respective policy area....
05.09.2012, 18:27 (CET)
EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs are set to meet in Cyprus on Friday, September 7, for their two-day Informal Meeting (Gymnich) in Pafos, chaired by the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Baroness Catherine Ashton....
29.08.2012, 14:10 (CET)
On Thursday, the finances of the European Union in the years to come is on the table as ministers and state secretaries for European Affairs will meet in Lefkosia (Nicosia) to discuss the ongoing negotiations for the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2014-2020....
23.08.2012, 09:15 (CET)
As millions of school students across Europe prepare to embark upon a new academic year, the statistic that one in five 15-year-olds in the European Union lack basic reading and writing skills is hard to fathom. This comes with a serious social dimension, as it could constitute an obstacle for their future employment and may result in social exclusion....
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