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02.10.2012, 18:40 (CET)
The potential benefits of the promotion of new infrastructure projects in transport, energy and digital networks and the possible advantageous implications on the EU’s labour market, competitiveness and economy were highlighted today during a conference organised in Brussels by the European Commission....
02.10.2012, 15:21 (CET)
The Employment and Social Policy Council (EPSCO) will aim to reach a general approach on the proposal of an EU Directive on the exposure of workers to the risks arising from the electromagnetic fields, in its meeting in Luxembourg on Thursday, October 4....
28.09.2012, 17:28 (CET)
The Committee of Permanent Representatives (Coreper I) approved today a compromise text on two very important dossiers concerning the approval and market surveillance of tractors and motorcycles. The agreement, which is subject to approval by the European Parliament’s (EP) Plenary and the Council, is the result of lengthy negotiations within the Council itself and its informal trialogues with the EP’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO) and the European Commission....
27.09.2012, 15:35 (CET)
The EU’s bilateral aviation relations with  Sri Lanka were further strengthened today, with the signing of the Agreement between the European Union and the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka on certain aspects of air services during an official ceremony in Brussels....
27.09.2012, 13:58 (CET)
At the Eurofi Financial Forum in Brussels on September 27-28 Minister of Finance of Cyprus, Mr Vassos Shiarly, addressed the challenges that Europe is facing in the aftermath of the financial crisis in the context of the financial regulatory framework....
27.09.2012, 13:36 (CET)
EU Defence Ministers highlighted today the positive results achieved by the missions and operations of the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) and emphasised the need for acting comprehensively in response to security challenges, including in the Union’s Southern Neighbourhood....
26.09.2012, 13:32 (CET)
The protection of people and the environment in case of major accidents involving dangerous substances was the main topic on the agenda in discussions facilitated by the Cyprus Presidency during a meeting of the Experts Group of the Competent Authorities for implementation of the Seveso II Directive....
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....
25.09.2012, 15:01 (CET)
Developments in the EU’s southern neighbourhood, the current state of Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) operations and missions as well as future EU military capabilities will form the basis of EU Defence Ministers discussions during their two-day Informal Meeting in Cyprus on September 26 and 27....
25.09.2012, 13:45 (CET)
Today, September 25, the Agriculture and Fisheries Council held an orientation debate on key issues on the proposal for the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).  The Council noted that the examination of the proposal has been progressing rigorously but there was a need to give guidance on specific issues in order to achieve the objective fοr a partial general approach agreement at the Agriculture and Fisheries Council in October this year....
24.09.2012, 20:32 (CET)
“I believe that we are moving in the right direction”, stated Cyprus’ Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment, Mr. Sofoclis Aletraris, at the end of the first day of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council in Brussels....
24.09.2012, 17:55 (CET)
EU Ministers for European Affairs today expressed their willingness to use the revised Negotiating Box as a basis for reaching a compromise by the end of the year in the negotiations for the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF). The revised Negotiating Box, which outlines the main elements and options for the MFF negotiations, was the main focus of discussions during today’s General Affairs Council meeting in Brussels....
21.09.2012, 16:43 (CET)
EU Ministers for European Affairs are set to continue their discussions on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) this week, at the General Affairs Council meeting, which will take place in Brussels on September 24. The Cyprus Presidency’s revised Negotiating Box, which outlines the main elements and options for the MFF negotiations, is expected to be the focus of the discussions during the meeting....
21.09.2012, 14:11 (CET)
Active ageing and the role of sport in creating a more active and healthy society was the focus at the meeting of EU Sports Ministers. On the second day of the Informal Meeting held at the ‘Filoxenia’ Conference Center the ministers also discussed the issue of representation of the European Union at the Council of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)....
21.09.2012, 11:18 (CET)
At the opening of the 56th International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Conference in Vienna taking place from September 17 to 21, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance of Cyprus, Mr Georgios Papageorgiou, delivered a statement on behalf of the European Union and its 27 Member States....
21.09.2012, 09:52 (CET)
The Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) reform and the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) reform will be the focal points of the two day meeting of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council, which will be held in Brussels on 24-25 September 2012. The ministers will give special attention to the draft Rural Development Regulation, the draft Regulation on the common organisation of the markets in agricultural products and the draft Regulation for the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund....
20.09.2012, 17:38 (CET)
A joint declaration aimed at addressing the scourge of match-fixing was adopted today in Lefkosia (Nicosia) at the EU Sports Forum by the Cyprus Presidency, the European Commission and the participants of the Forum. The declaration builds on the Conclusions adopted by sports ministers during the November 2011 Council meeting under the Polish Presidency and constitutes the culmination of a cooperation effort between the Cyprus Presidency and the European Commission with the EU Sports Forum delegates....
19.09.2012, 17:00 (CET)
The Defence Minister of Cyprus, Mr. Demetris Eliades called on Member States to enhance their cooperation in the field of defence in order to achieve their common goals of peace, security and growth. Mr. Eliades was speaking before a high level seminar in Brussels today, which examined innovative ways, such as pooling and consolidating demand, in which Member States can collaborate in using their declining defence budgets more efficiently....
19.09.2012, 12:25 (CET)
The Cyprus Presidency welcomes today’s development in the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) Committee of the European Parliament in relation to the Dublin II Regulation. LIBE gave today, in an orientation vote, a clear indication that the compromise reached in the Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER II) on the 18th of July regarding the political part of the Dublin Regulation is acceptable....
19.09.2012, 11:48 (CET)
Cyprus will be at the heart of European Sport between September 19 and 21, with the important sporting issues of match-fixing, doping, active ageing, the European Social Dialogue and the development of principles of good governance in sport, at the forefront....
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