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Press Release - “A positive step forward”
14.09.2012, 10:40 (CET)
The Cyprus Presidency welcomes the decision of the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament yesterday to resume work on five legislative proposals by the European Commission in the field of Justice and Home Affairs. The decision allows the negotiations between the European Parliament and the Council to continue on the five dossiers. 

The dossiers include the amendment of the Schengen borders code and the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement, judicial cooperation in criminal matters: combating attacks against information systems, a European Investigation order, aspects of the EU Budget for 2013 relating to internal security and EU Passengers Name records.

“We welcome the decision of the Conference of Presidents to resume negotiations on these five dossiers. We consider this decision a positive step for the future cooperation between the two institutions and for moving forward important work in the Justice and Home Affairs area,” stated the Deputy Minister of European Affairs Andreas D. Mavroyiannis.

On June 14 the Conference of Presidents - the governing body of the European Parliament responsible for the organisation of work of the institution- decided to suspend negotiations on the five dossiers as a response to the Council’s initial decision to change the legal basis of the Schengen Evaluation Mechanism.

Combined efforts by the European Parliament and its President Mr. Martin Schulz, the President of Cyprus, Mr. Demetris Christofias and the Cyprus Presidency, along with the support of everyone involved on both sides, culminated in a thawing of relations and the lifting of the suspension for the five Justice and Home Affairs dossiers.

The Cyprus Presidency wishes to express its appreciation for the constructive spirit of the European Parliament and for the shared commitment to achieve concrete results on such important issues. The Presidency is committed to continue the negotiations with the European Parliament as required with the prospect of reaching agreement in the near future.

Presidency Spokesperson in Brussels
Nikos Christodoulides

Coreper II

Email: nchristodoulides@mfa.gov.cy
Telephone: +32 27395152
Mobile: +32 473400441
Communications Officer
Poly Papavassiliou

Office of the Deputy Minister for European Affairs

Email: ppapavassiliou@cy2012eu.gov.cy
Telephone: +357 22400144