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10.12.2012, 10:50 (CET)
The preparation of the December European Council and the reform of the Statute of the Court of Justice will be the focus of the morning session of the last General Affairs Council (GAC) to be held under Cyprus Presidency, tomorrow, Tuesday December 11, in Brussels....
07.12.2012, 18:25 (CET)
The last formal European Justice and Home Affairs Council under the Cyprus Presidency has gone through a heavy agenda today, in Brussels. Cyprus’  Minister of Justice and Public Order, Mr. Loucas Louca, chaired the meeting.  All the priorities of the Cyprus EU Presidency regarding the field of Justice have been discussed and  the Council has reached an agreement on a number of crucial issues  aiming at more security, justice and protection of EU citizens....
07.12.2012, 16:15 (CET)
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus, Dr. Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, will participate on Monday, December 10, in the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) chaired by the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Baroness Catherine Ashton (HR)....
07.12.2012, 16:12 (CET)
Reaching an agreement in two more legislative proposals of Horizon 2020 and the adoption of Council Conclusions on European Research Area are the main objectives of the Cyprus Presidency in the forthcoming Competitiveness Council (Research) on 11 December 2012 in Brussels....
07.12.2012, 15:18 (CET)
EU Health Ministers today, December 7, adopted Conclusions on organs donation and transplantation and healthy ageing across the lifecycle. Furthermore, during the second day of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs (EPSCO) Council in Brussels, chaired by Cyprus’ Health Minister Dr Androulla Agrotou, the ministers agreed to a general approach on aligning the existing Commission implementing powers for the five vertical directives on foodstuffs, the so-called ‘breakfast directives’....
07.12.2012, 12:09 (CET)
On the morning of the second day of the Justice and Home Affairs Council, the Council took several important steps in combating cross-border and organised crime and in strengthening the rights of victims of crime throughout the European Union. Ministers agreed on general approaches concerning legislative proposals on freezing and confiscation of proceeds from crime and on mutual recognition of protection measures in civil matters....
07.12.2012, 11:49 (CET)
EU Ministers meeting at the Competitiveness Council (Industry) in Brussels, on Monday, December 10, 2012, are expected to endorse the agreement reached by Coreper I on the Unitary Patent Protection Package and to adopt Conclusions on the second wave of priority proposals under the Single Market Act II....
06.12.2012, 19:51 (CET)
The President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr. Demetris Chistofias, met today with the Council of the Presidents of the Federation of Employers and Industrialists of Member States of the EU and candidate countries (BUSINESSEUROPE), which convenes every six months in the country that holds the rotating Presidency of the EU....
06.12.2012, 19:17 (CET)
The Justice and Home Affairs Council confirmed today, during its first day of the meeting, the Political Agreement on the Dublin Regulation. Cyprus’ Minister of Interior, Ms Eleni Mavrou, and Cyprus’ Minister of Justice and Public Order, Mr....
06.12.2012, 19:13 (CET)
The Ministers of Justice and Home Affairs took a further step towards maximising aviation security against terrorism threats, in today's first day of the Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council taking place in Brussels on December 6 and 7. Αdopting the  conclusions on aviation security against terrorist threats, the Council agreed on the need for further work on the extension of the risk assessment activities  in the aviation security area beyond the existing ones (cargo and liquid explosives)....
06.12.2012, 18:57 (CET)
Cyprus’ Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis chaired the EU – Algeria Association Council held today, December 6, in Brussels, on behalf of the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Baroness Catherine Ashton....
06.12.2012, 18:15 (CET)
The European Union’s Employment and Social Policy Ministers held an orientation debate on a proposed Directive intended to improve implementation and enforcement of the Directive concerning the posting of workers in the framework of the provision of services, during their Council meeting today, December 6, in Brussels....
06.12.2012, 14:09 (CET)
Cyprus' Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr. Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis today appeared before the European Parliament’s (EP) Committee on Development (DEVE), on behalf of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (HR), Baroness Catherine Ashton....
06.12.2012, 13:04 (CET)
On the morning of the December 7, Cyprus’ Minister of Interior, Ms Eleni Mavrou, will participate in a high level discussion organised by the European Policy Centre (EPC) entitled: “The Common European Asylum System: Successfully achieved?”....
06.12.2012, 11:20 (CET)
The European population is growing older. In 2010, there were more than 87 million people aged 65 and over in the EU, some 17.4 per cent of the total population, compared to less than 13 per cent in January 1985. Allowing people to stay active as they grow older and to continue contributing to society is key to tackling the challenge that the process of demographic ageing poses....
06.12.2012, 10:12 (CET)
On December 5, the Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER II) agreed that the submitted proposal for new legislation on entry and residence of third-country nationals into the EU for the purposes of seasonal employment will serve as the basis for initiating informal trilogues with the European Parliament....
05.12.2012, 16:30 (CET)
The President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr. Demetris Christofias, expressed his full support for the European Platform against poverty and social exclusion to act as a forum for consultation on the forthcoming Social Investment Package of the European Commission, in a speech delivered today, December 5....
05.12.2012, 16:06 (CET)
On the 5th of December 2012, the Permanent Representatives Committee (COREPER) confirmed the agreement on the Council’s general approach on the Market Abuse Regulation. COREPER has given the Cyprus Presidency the mandate to start negotiations with the European Parliament on the basis of the agreed general approach with a view of reaching a first reading agreement....
05.12.2012, 12:43 (CET)
Particularly important health issues for European citizens, such as serious cross-border threats to health, healthy ageing and organ donation and transplantation will be addressed by EU Ministers of Health, during the second day of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs (EPSCO) Council in Brussels, on Friday, December 7, 2012....
05.12.2012, 11:44 (CET)
EU Ministers will meet for the final Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting under the Cyprus Presidency on December 6 and 7 in Brussels. Among the issues to be discussed are the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) and the mid-term review of the Stockholm Programme....
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