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21.12.2012, 15:58 (CET)
As the 184 days of Cyprus first Presidency of the Council of the European Union are about to come to an end, this is the moment to look at the Presidency from an entirely “figurative” point of view. Within this six-month period, the Cyprus Presidency spared no effort and wasted no hour in order to achieve progress in the Council on a significant number of issues....
21.12.2012, 15:58 (CET)
The Cyprus Presidency was committed from day one to do its utmost to work Towards a Better Europe, more relevant to its citizens and to the world and to promote European integration. In this framework, four priorities were set: (i) Europe, more efficient and sustainable, (ii) Europe, with a better performing and growth-based economy, (iii) Europe, more relevant to its citizens, with solidarity and social cohesion, and (iv) Europe in the world, closer to its neighbours....
21.12.2012, 13:04 (CET)
The Committee of Permanent Representatives (Coreper I) endorsed today, the outcome of the trilogue held on December 19 2012, where the two co-legislators, the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament reached an agreement on the proposal for a new Regulation on Customs Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)....
21.12.2012, 11:47 (CET)
The Committee of Permanent Representatives (Coreper I) approved today, Friday December 21, the final compromise package agreed between the Council and the European Parliament, which was the outcome of the trilogue held on December 13, 2012, on Accounting Rules and Action Plans on Greenhouse Gas emissions and removals resulting from activities related to Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF)....
21.12.2012, 11:34 (CET)
The Committee of Permanent Representatives (Coreper I) approved today, Friday December 21, the final compromise package, agreed between the Council and the European Parliament on a first reading agreement for a Regulation on a Mechanism for Monitoring and Reporting Green House Gases (MMR)....
20.12.2012, 18:54 (CET)
After a morning focused on transport issues, the second half of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy (TTE) Council that convened in Brussels, on December 20, 2012, was dedicated to issues of telecommunications and information society. EU Telecommunications Ministers noted the progress achieved on three main legislative proposals in the last six months under the Cyprus Presidency, aiming towards a more Digital Europe....
20.12.2012, 13:10 (CET)
EU Member States exhibited their continuing commitment and support for a more sustainable and efficient transport system in the EU by taking important steps to this respect during the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy (TTE) Council dedicated to issues of transport and telecommunications which is taking place in Brussels today, December 20, 2012....
20.12.2012, 11:04 (CET)
On December 16, the Commission announced that negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the European Union and Singapore had been finalised. Following the announcement, the Council, at the level of Trade Policy Committee (Full Members), yesterday December 19 gave the agreement its preliminary support, awaiting detailed documentation on the various issues contained in the agreement....
20.12.2012, 07:12 (CET)
At the last Agriculture and Fisheries Council under the Cyprus Presidency, the important and difficult issue of fishing TACs (Total allowable catches) and quotas was successfully completed after long and tough negotiations. The agreement was reached with unanimity....
19.12.2012, 21:30 (CET)
A special avant-premiere of the musical comedy “Peter Pan: The Never Ending Story” was held today, December 19, at the Forest National concert hall in Brussels, under the patronage of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the EU. An audience of 2....
19.12.2012, 18:18 (CET)
Agreement was reached today in the Council on the compromise texts proposed by the Presidency regarding the financial instrument for the Asylum and Migration Fund, as well as for the Fund on Internal Security for police cooperation, preventing and combating crime and crisis management....
19.12.2012, 17:50 (CET)
Jordan’s vital role in providing support to the Syrian refugees, its efforts for the Middle East Peace Process, as well as EU-Jordan bilateral relations and the Union for the Mediterranean were at the heart of discussions during the 10th meeting of the EU-Jordan Association Council held today, December 19, in Brussels....
19.12.2012, 17:36 (CET)
Member States and EU regions now have certainty on the way forward concerning their preparations for the new programmes to be financed by the relevant Union funds for the period 2014-2020. Following intensive negotiations with the European Parliament, the Cyprus Presidency succeeded in obtaining an interim political agreement among the two institutions on all programming issues....
19.12.2012, 15:40 (CET)
The President of the Republic of Cyprus Mr Demetris Christofias hosted a luncheon today to the EU Ambassadors to Cyprus, at the Presidential Palace. Speaking at the event the President referred to the main results of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the European Union....
19.12.2012, 14:56 (CET)
The progress achieved during the last six months on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) was discussed during the last AGRIFISH Council under the Cyprus Presidency, which is taking place today, December 19 2012. The discussion was based on a detailed progress report which indicates the major changes brought by the Cyprus Presidency on the four basic draft regulations....
19.12.2012, 10:55 (CET)
The Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER) II today endorsed the safeguard regulations for the Trade Agreement between the European Union and Peru and Colombia and the Association Agreement with Central America. The Council is therefore expected to approve the position of the European Parliament at first reading, on December 20, 2012, on the regulations that will implement the bilateral safeguard clause and the stabilisation mechanism for bananas in the Trade Agreement....
19.12.2012, 09:06 (CET)
The EU’s Transport Minsters are expected to reach a general approach on the proposal for a Regulation on the periodic roadworthiness tests for motor vehicles and their trailers, which will serve towards reducing road fatalities by half until 2020, as the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy (TTE) Council, dedicated to issues of transport and telecommunications, convenes in Brussels on Thursday, December 20....
18.12.2012, 19:01 (CET)
The European Union and Georgia held the thirteenth annual meeting of their Co-operation Council on Tuesday December 18, 2012, in Brussels. The EU was represented by Dr Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus, who chaired the Cooperation Council on behalf of the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Baroness Catherine Ashton, and by Štefan Füle, Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy....
18.12.2012, 15:36 (CET)
The second meeting of the Accession Conference with Montenegro at Ministerial level was held today, December 18, in Brussels to open and provisionally close the first negotiating chapter for Montenegro on science and research. Today’s Accession Conference marked the start of substantial accession negotiations with the country, following their launch on June 29 2012, and paves the way for further advancement in the negotiations....
18.12.2012, 14:15 (CET)
In her presentation before the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) of the European Parliament (EP), Cyprus' Minister of Interior, Ms Eleni Mavrou, who is also responsible for the research portfolio during the Cyprus Presidency, underlined that “we have attained all the targets set in research and innovation, paving the way for a timely launch of Horizon 2020, the EU funding programme for research and innovation for the period 2014-2020, that will deliver competitiveness, growth and jobs and will contribute to addressing important societal and economic challenges ”....
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