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19.07.2012, 18:49 (CET)
The Cyprus Presidency today concluded a first round of bilateral meetings with all Member States concerning the EU budget for 2014-2020. The Deputy Minister for EU Affairs, Ambassador Andreas D. Mavroyiannis, highlighted the willingness of everyone involved to cooperate and reiterated the Cyprus Presidency’s target of concluding the negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) by the end of the year....
19.07.2012, 15:53 (CET)
The EU Competitiveness Ministers agreed today on the need to promote entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial culture as one of the main pillars for the return of Europe to economic growth. Supporting entrepreneurship and especially Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, constitutes one of the main priorities of the Cyprus Presidency and was placed under the microscope of today’s Informal Competitiveness Council (Industry), at the “Filoxenia” Conference Center in Lefkosia (Nicosia)....
19.07.2012, 15:48 (CET)
Collaboration between member states and the European Commission has been strengthened regarding the efficient realisation of the end points mentioned in the Commission’s Joint Plan for Immediate Action on medical devices, in a meeting that took place in Cyprus between July 17 and 19....
19.07.2012, 10:11 (CET)
The Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER II) agreed yesterday on the response of the Council of the EU to the latest amending proposals of the European Parliament (EP) with regard to the Dublin Regulation. The Regulation's adoption could be achieved during the Cyprus Presidency, if the European Parliament and the Council of the EU agree on the technical issues of the legislative act....
18.07.2012, 16:54 (CET)
The Deputy Minister for EU Affairs, Andreas D. Mavroyiannis today called for a solid local and regional partnership to streamline local potential and restore growth dynamics throughout the EU. The Deputy Minister presented the priorities of the Cyprus Presidency to the plenary session of the Committee of the Regions (CoR) in Brussels....
18.07.2012, 13:45 (CET)
The Committee of Permanent Representatives (Coreper II) today approved as an "I" item, a general approach on the outstanding issues in relation to the proposal for a recast of Regulation 44/2001 (the so-called Brussels I Regulation). Brussels I is the cornerstone of judicial cooperation in civil matters and aims at facilitating the recognition and enforcement of judgments throughout the Union....
17.07.2012, 17:56 (CET)
EU Ministers of Transport and Telecommunications reached a common understanding on the future steps for boosting the Connecting Europe Facility and its objectives for growth and economic recovery, through “Intelligent Communications Transport”....
17.07.2012, 14:01 (CET)
Productive discussions took place in today's meeting between the Minister of Justice Mr. Loucas Louca and the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament (EP) in Lefkosia (Nicosia). Improving certain justice policies and practices for the benefit of EU citizens was the focus of attention at the meeting between Cyprus Minister of Justice and Public Order Mr....
17.07.2012, 12:22 (CET)
Entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial culture as engines for economic growth, Euro-Mediterranean cooperation in research and innovation and the need for  simplification of the funding models in research programmes, will be the subjects of discussions at the Informal Competitiveness Council to be held at the “Filoxenia” Conference Center in Lefkosia (Nicosia) on the July 19 and 20....
16.07.2012, 20:04 (CET)
A better targeted and more effective Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), through streamlining and simplification, as well as better risk management and viable instruments for responding to exceptional situations and crises, formed the focus of discussions during the first Agriculture and Fisheries Council under the Cyprus Presidency, which took place today in Brussels....
16.07.2012, 15:46 (CET)
On July 26 the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the European Union will organise an event in Brussels bringing together European bloggers. Starting from today those wishing to participate may register for the event. Citizen participation is at the heart of European politics....
14.07.2012, 12:47 (CET)
On July 17, 2012, the EU transport and telecommunications ministers will meet in an Informal Ministerial Meeting in Lefkosia (Nicosia) to discuss how to optimise the use of information and communications technologies for transport. The Cyprus Presidency aims at integrating two central policies, the Digital Agenda for Europe and the EU Transport Policy, thus contributing to economic growth, sustainability and social cohesion....
14.07.2012, 09:31 (CET)
The Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) reform will be the focal point of the first Agriculture and Fisheries Council, which will be held in Brussels on July 16. The ministers will give special attention to the draft Rural Development Regulation and the draft Regulation on the Common Organisation of the markets in agricultural products....
13.07.2012, 15:33 (CET)
The Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER II) this week took a positive step towards the completion of the second phase of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) by the end of the year. Building on the work of its Trio Presidency partners Poland and Denmark, the Cyprus Presidency concluded an agreement on one of the four legislative acts that must be adopted for the CEAS....
13.07.2012, 12:44 (CET)
EU Ministers of Employment and Social Policy discussed the participatory processes and the involvement of the Social Partners, Non-Governmental Organisations and local authorities in the implementation of the “Europe 2020” Strategy, concentrating on boosting Europe’s employment, fighting poverty and social exclusion....
12.07.2012, 19:12 (CET)
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus, Dr Erato Kozakou – Marcoullis visited Montenegro on July 12, 2012. Dr. Marcoullis' visit comes after her visit to Serbia, in her capacity as Foreign Affairs Minister of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the EU....
12.07.2012, 18:45 (CET)
“The way out of the crisis is through growth enhancing policies and investment in research and innovation”. This is what the Cyprus Minister of Health Dr. Stavros Malas, responsible for the research portfolio of the Cyprus Presidency, highlighted in his presentation to the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) of the European Parliament, today, July 12, in Brussels....
12.07.2012, 13:44 (CET)
The Cyprus Presidency is committed to continue the close cooperation with the European Parliament (EP), according to the Deputy Minister for EU Affairs, Ambassador Andreas D. Mavroyiannis. Speaking in Brussels during a two day appearance before the EP Committees of Regional Development (REGI) and Constitutional Affairs (AFCO), the Deputy Minister also noted that a newly reformed and efficient Cohesion Policy will constitute a key tool for growth across the EU....
11.07.2012, 21:03 (CET)
The Cypriot Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment, Mr. Sofoclis Aletraris, presented on July 10 and 11, the Cyprus Presidency Priorities at the Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI), Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) and Fisheries (PECH) committees of the European Parliament....
11.07.2012, 19:47 (CET)
The Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) is a top priority for the Cyprus Presidency. For the conclusion of its negotiations by the end of 2012, it will require a swift cooperation with all actors involved. The issues at stake and the plans of the Cyprus Presidency for this important file were analysed in Brussels today, at a discussion hosted by the Fondation Robert Schuman and co-organised with the Cyprus Presidency....
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