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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)....
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....
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....
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....
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....
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....
20.08.2012, 11:00 (CET)
The “Kypria” international cultural festival celebrates 20 years and its inclusion in the calendar of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the EU could be considered a fitting anniversary gift. Multiculturalism and cultural interaction will be the main messages of the festival, according to Mr....
16.08.2012, 10:48 (CET)
Cypriot cuisine is undoubtedly be one of the main “attractions” of the Presidency. Over the years, the various conquerors and habitants of Cyprus have affected the local cuisine. Assyrians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Venetians, Ottomans and British all left their marks on the Cyprus cuisine....
13.08.2012, 13:18 (CET)
During the first month of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the EU, the ‘Filoxenia’ Conference Centre welcomed over 2,000 visitors and hosted 14 meetings, almost half the total number of meetings held in Cyprus that month. The ‘Filoxenia’, along with the ‘CYPRESS’ Media Centre do not merely serve as a hub for visiting journalists and delegates, but also provide a welcoming space for visitors to be introduced to the island of Cyprus and its legacy....
10.08.2012, 17:54 (CET)
An estimated four billion people worldwide are watching the 30th modern edition of the Olympic Games in London this August. With more than 10,500 athletes from 36 different sports taking part, sport undoubtedly holds a global reach, while it constitutes the biggest civil movement in the European Union....
08.08.2012, 09:54 (CET)
“Great is the might of the sea”, said ancient Greek historian Thucydides. For four and a half months in Lemesos (Limassol), Cyprus’ largest coastal city, the International Sea Festival “Nautilus” 2012 will showcase events inspired by the marine world....
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