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10.09.2012, 16:19 (CET)
The EU Budget for the year 2013, along with several other crucial issues concerning the EU will be discussed during the European Parliament’s Plenary Session which takes place between September 10 and 13 in Strasbourg. On behalf of the Council, the Cyprus Presidency will intervene on some of the key issues via its Deputy Minister for European Affairs, Ambassador Andreas D....
08.09.2012, 17:46 (CET)
“We are all united in our common position regarding Syria,” stated the Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis during a joint press conference with the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (HR), Baroness Catherine Ashton today, following the conclusion of the Informal Foreign Affairs meeting (Gymnich)....
07.09.2012, 21:21 (CET)
The role of the Committee of Regions and of the local and regional authorities in general, under the conditions of an economic crisis was the focus of the meeting held today by the President of the Republic of Cyprus Mr Demetris Christofias with the President of the Committee of Regions of the EU(CoR) Mr Ramon Luis Valcárcel....
07.09.2012, 17:42 (CET)
The Minister of Labour and Social Insurance, Ms Sotiroula Charalambous, represented the Cyprus Presidency today at a conference on employment policy, under the title "Jobs for Europe", organised by the European Commission in Brussels. The conference was built on the Employment Package put forward by the Commission, the outcomes of the 2012 European Semester, but also on a series of conferences which the Commission organised during 2011....
07.09.2012, 10:00 (CET)
Water scarcity and land abandonment linked to adverse climate conditions will be the main issues discussed at the Informal Agriculture Council which will be held in Cyprus on 9-11 September. During a period where the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy is ongoing, the attention of Member States will be on conserving Europe’s potential for the production of food, renewables and public goods....
06.09.2012, 14:48 (CET)
The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the EU member states will be gathering on 7-8 September for their Informal meeting the so called “Gymnich”, to be held at Aphrodite Hills in Paphos. The Ministers will be welcomed by the co-hosts, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus Dr Erato Kozakou−Marcoullis on behalf of the Cyprus EU Presidency, and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs & Security Policy Catherine Ashton, who is chairing the Foreign Affairs Council....
06.09.2012, 12:51 (CET)
The effective combating of illiteracy and improving literacy levels in the European Union could have positive consequences for people, their societies and economies. According to the report of the High Level Committee presented and discussed at the two-day conference "Literacy for All", good literacy skills are essential for improving the lives of people and the advancement of knowledge, innovation and development....
06.09.2012, 11:52 (CET)
Protection of health through the implementation of preventive, early diagnosis and health promotion programmes from the early stages of life and throughout the lifecycle, can lead to healthy ageing.  This was the main conclusion of the high-level conference on ‘Healthy Ageing’, organised by the Ministry of Health in the framework of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the EU, on September 5 and 6, 2012, at the ‘Filoxenia’ Conference Centre in Lefkosia (Nicosia)....
04.09.2012, 14:22 (CET)
The Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the European Union would like to see the continuing strengthening of the Court of Justice of the European Union as well as the expansion of its jurisdiction. This is what the President of the Republic of Cyprus Mr Demetris Christofias said during a meeting today, September 4, at the Presidential Palace, with an EU Court of Justice delegation headed by its president, Mr....
03.09.2012, 18:23 (CET)
The Deputy Minister for European Affairs, Ambassador Andreas D. Mavroyiannis, represented the Presidency today at the Public Hearing of the Committee on Development at the European Parliament, in Brussels. The Public Hearing was dedicated to the concept of Linking Relief, Rehabilitation and Development (LRRD), which has been figuring on the international agenda for decades and its basic idea is to link the short – term relief measures with long-term development programmes, in order to provide more sustainable response to crisis situations....
30.08.2012, 20:13 (CET)
Negotiations on the EU’s new seven-year budget for the period 2014-2020 entered a new phase as European Ministers and State Secretaries for European Affairs met today in Lefkosia (Nicosia). During the informal meeting, Member States positioned themselves on key issues of the MFF....
29.08.2012, 17:19 (CET)
The development of effective, evidence-based culture policies can contribute to the global struggle for economic recovery and growth, with simultaneous benefits to society, was the conclusion of the Senior Officials on Culture Meeting organised by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus in the framework of the Cyprus Presidency....
28.08.2012, 16:30 (CET)
The negotiations of the EU’s new seven-year budget for the period 2014-2020 will be at the centre of discussions on Thursday, August 30, when European Ministers and State Secretaries for European Affairs convene in Lefkosia (Nicosia) for their informal meeting....
01.08.2012, 13:32 (CET)
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus, Dr Erato Kozakou- Marcoullis sent a strong message of encouragement to Albania’s political leadership to proceed swiftly with all necessary reforms that will bring Albania closer to the EU....
30.07.2012, 15:09 (CET)
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus, Dr Erato Kozakou- Marcoullis will visit Albania on July 31, 2012, in her capacity as chair of the General Affairs Council of the European Union, responsible for enlargement.  Albania is the fourth country of the Western Balkans that Dr....
27.07.2012, 18:39 (CET)
The Foreign Affairs Minister of the Republic of Cyprus, Dr. Εrato Kozakou-Marcoullis reiterated today the commitment of the Cyprus Presidency to the European perspective of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Dr. Marcoullis concluded a two day visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina in her capacity as chair of the General Affairs Council of the European Union, responsible for enlargement....
26.07.2012, 19:43 (CET)
Today, July 26, bloggers from across Europe gathered in Brussels to meet the Cyprus Presidency and discuss its thematic priorities. The event "Cyprus Presidency meets the Bloggers", that took place in the heart of Europe, was characterized by enthusiasm, open debate and lively discussions....
26.07.2012, 16:04 (CET)
Senior EU and USA officials made significant progress with regard to the creation of a global alliance against online child sex abuse. During a high level two-day meeting, on 25 and 26 of July at ‘Filoxenia’ Conference Centre in Nicosia, they decided what the next steps will be for the USA-backed EU initiative to be established....
25.07.2012, 18:15 (CET)
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus, Dr. Εrato Kozakou- Marcoullis will visit Bosnia and Herzegovina on July 26 and 27, 2012 in her capacity as chair of the General Affairs Council of the European Union, responsible for enlargement....
25.07.2012, 16:50 (CET)
The willingness of youth organisations and public authorities to cooperate in order to create a road safety culture among young people in the EU and neighbouring regions was reiterated today at a road safety conference. The conference, which was organised in Lefkosia (Nicosia) by the Cyprus Presidency and the European Commission to commemorate the fourth EU Road Safety Day, was geared at raising awareness among young people....
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