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05.12.2012, 11:04 (CET)
Cyprus’ Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr. Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis will debrief the European Parliament’s (EP) Development Committee (DEVE) on Thursday, December 6, on the Conclusions of the Foreign Affairs Council of October 15. Dr. Marcoullis is also set to preside over the EU-Algeria Association Council on the same day,  on behalf of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Baroness Catherine Ashton....
04.12.2012, 18:57 (CET)
The European Union’s Economy and Finance Ministers achieved significant progress regarding the two-pack as they met in Brussels today, December 4. During the ECOFIN Council, ministers held a very constructive discussion on the way forward regarding the Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) and the Revised Capital Requirements Directive....
04.12.2012, 14:24 (CET)
EU has reduced emissions of greenhouse gases by 18% compared to 1990 and expresses its readiness to commit for a 30% reduction in the context of meaningful international action, stated Cyprus’ Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment, Mr Sofoclis Aletraris, and EU Commissioner of Climate Action, Ms Connie Hedegaard in a joint press conference....
04.12.2012, 12:13 (CET)
An orientation debate on the proposal for the enforcement of the Directive concerning the posting of workers in the framework of the provision of services, as well as an exchange of views with regard to the governance of the “Europe 2020” Strategy, are the main topics on the agenda as the Employment and Social Policy Ministers meet in the EPSCO Council in Brussels on Thursday, December 6 2012....
04.12.2012, 10:13 (CET)
Representatives from 47 countries, including most EU member states and the USA, will confirm their commitment to create a Global Alliance aiming to tackle the horrific crime of child sexual abuse online, when they gather in Brussels on December 5.  At the Conference to launch the alliance, ministers of the countries that have already endorsed the alliance, will adopt a joint declaration, which will form the cornerstone of its future decisions and actions....
03.12.2012, 17:05 (CET)
The European perspective of Albania was the main topic of discussion during the working visit of Albania’s Minister on Integration, Mrs Μajlinda Bregu to Cyprus, between December 2 and 3. Mrs Bregu’s visit came after an invitation by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr....
03.12.2012, 14:32 (CET)
Ministers at today’s meeting, in Brussels, of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy (TTE) (Energy) Council, were informed on the important agreement reached with the EU institutions on the proposed Regulation for trans-European energy infrastructure....
03.12.2012, 12:10 (CET)
A recent report commissioned by the World Bank describes shocking scenarios if climate change isn’t combated, with an estimated increase of 4 degrees Celsius in global temperature during this century, along with heat waves, severe droughts and major flooding as a few consequences....
03.12.2012, 09:24 (CET)
The European Union’s Economy and Finance Ministers will take stock of developments with regard to the Revised Capital Requirements Directive (CRD IV), when they meet on  Tuesday, December 4, in Brussels. During the ECOFIN Council, ministers will also hold an exchange of views on the way forward regarding the Banking Union and discuss the Annual Growth Survey for 2013, that will be presented by the European Commission....
30.11.2012, 20:00 (CET)
Today's COREPER  has confirmed that the Council is ready to approve a draft agreement  on a global package on the EU Budget for 2013 and on Amending Budget 6 (for 2012), which was the result reached in trilogue November 29 between the Council's and the European Parliament's negotiating teams and the Commission as the facilitator....
30.11.2012, 19:30 (CET)
The Committee of Permanent Representatives (Coreper I) endorsed today, Friday November 30, the outcome of the trilogue held on November 27, 2012, on the Regulation on Guidelines for a trans-European energy infrastructure. The Cyprus Presidency, together with the European Parliament (EP) and the European Commission, on November 27, had achieved a political agreement on the proposed Regulation....
30.11.2012, 19:26 (CET)
The European perspective of Albania will be at the top of the agenda when Albania’s Integration Minister, Mrs Μajlinda Bregu will pay a working visit to Cyprus, between December 2 and 4. Mrs Bregu’s visit comes after the invitation of Cyprus’ Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr....
30.11.2012, 13:43 (CET)
A renewal of the Kyoto Protocol obligation is expected to be adopted by the governments of countries participating in the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (the 18th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention and the 8th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol)....
30.11.2012, 11:48 (CET)
EU Energy Ministers are meeting in Brussels, on Monday 3rd of December 2012 to be informed on the state of play of the negotiations with the European Parliament on the proposed Regulation on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure. They are also expected to adopt Council conclusions on the Commission’s Communication on a Strategy for Renewable Energy....
30.11.2012, 09:58 (CET)
Cyprus’ Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr. Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, participated at the twenty fourth EU - African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP) Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA), which took place on November 27-29 in Paramaribo, Suriname....
29.11.2012, 15:52 (CET)
The negotiating mandate for an EU – Japan Free Trade Agreement was adopted at today’s Foreign Affairs Council (Trade) meeting in Brussels, which was chaired by Cyprus’ Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Mr. Neoklis Sylikiotis....
29.11.2012, 14:44 (CET)
The Cyprus Presidency has today, November 29, guided the Agriculture and Fisheries Council to a fisheries agreement on total allowable catches (TACs) and quotas for certain deep sea stocks. Today, the EU Fisheries Ministers reached an agreement on the Proposal for Council Regulation on fishing opportunities for certain deep-sea stocks for 2013 and 2014....
28.11.2012, 20:46 (CET)
The EU's Ministers of Agriculture continued today, during the first day of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council, their efforts to achieve convergence and common understanding on the Regulations of the new Common Agricultural Policy. Three round table discussions were held: one on the Direct Payments Regulation, one on the Common Single Market Organisation and one on Rural Development....
28.11.2012, 13:59 (CET)
The conclusion of trade agreements with strategic partners for the EU, including Japan, Canada, Singapore and Southern Mediterranean countries, as well as the state of play of the proposed Regulations “Omnibus I” and “Omnibus II”, will be among the important issues to be discussed at the Foreign Affairs Council (Trade), which will be held in Brussels on November 29....
28.11.2012, 11:39 (CET)
An important step forward in the relations between the EU and Morocco was marked last week when the Trade Policy Committee of the Council, under the Cyprus Presidency, gave the green light for launching negotiations for a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) with the country....
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