About: Cypriot EU presidency

Future EU 02-01-2013

Cypriot President slams ‘unjust’ EU crisis solutions

The EU response to the ongoing economic crisis has worsened social injustice and failed to bring lasting solutions, the Cypriot president Demetris Christofias said in his New Year message. Cyprus held the rotating EU presidency in the second half of last year.
Future EU 14-12-2012

EU leaders hail ‘successful’ Cyprus Presidency

A two-day EU summit ended today (14 December) without major decisions, but with a feeling of gradual return to normal after the worst of the crisis. It also provided an occasion for leaders to congratulate Cyprus on its success in what appears to have been a productive presidency.
Euro & Finance 20-11-2012

EP budget rapporteur: EU leaders don’t keep their promises

The discrepancy between political commitments and budgetary engagements will make an agreement at the 22-23 November summit very difficult, says MEP Ivailo Kalfin, one of the two European Parliament rapporteurs on the 2014-2020 EU budget. 
EU Priorities 2020 31-10-2012

Cyprus’ EU budget deal rejected by Commission, Parliament

In snappy terms, the European Commission rejected yesterday (30 October) the first proposals containing concrete figures for the EU's 2014-2020 budget presented hours earlier by the Cypriot presidency. The Parliament slammed the proposal for slashing spending on growth and jobs, while Sweden said much bigger cuts were needed.
Enlargement 11-10-2012

Turkey doesn’t recognise itself in EU’s ‘broken mirror’

The European Commission’s annual report on Turkey, published on Wednesday (10 October), calls for a resumption of negotiations with the EU candidate that are stalled because of the long-running territorial dispute with Cyprus. A Turkish minister called the report a “huge disappointment” and a “broken mirror”.
Energy 26-09-2012

Gas row looms large over divided Cyprus

Turkish Cypriot leader Dervi? Ero?lu said yesterday (25 September) he would present a new plan to the UN secretary-general for gas explorations surrounding the divided island, resources that could change its economic landscape.
Agrifood 20-09-2012

Cypriot minister: Fate of ‘green’ CAP hinges on budget talks

The Common Agricultural Policy, now in its 50th year, is due to get a greener makeover as it enters a new decade. But much hinges on the fate of the EU’s 2014-2020 budget, says Sofoclis Aletraris, the Cypriot agriculture minister whose country holds the rotating EU presidency.
Global Europe 10-09-2012

EU ministers seek tougher sanctions on Syrian regime

EU foreign ministers seek to impose tougher sanctions on the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad as soon as next month, acknowledging that the actions taken so far have had little effect on the regime.
Regional Policy 31-08-2012

Special November summit to focus on long-term EU budget

An extraordinary summit of EU heads of state and governments in November will focus on the European Union budget for 2014-2020, it emerged following a meeting of European Affairs ministers held in Nicosia yesterday (30 August).
Euro & Finance 23-08-2012

Cyprus admits deficit will exceed forecast

Cyprus, which holds the rotating EU presidency, is set to exceed its fiscal deficit target this year unless measures are taken to improve its finances, a government spokesman said today (23 August).
Global Europe 20-07-2012

Analyst: EU-Turkey relations are bad, but should not get worse

EU-Turkey relations are as bad as they that can be at the moment, largely because of the Cyprus EU presidency. But they should not get any worse because the two sides are dependent on each other, Ayla Gürel of the Peace Research Institute in Oslo tells EURACTIV Czech Republic.
Future EU 09-07-2012

Northern Cypriots put hope in EU for reunification

Politicians and intellectuals from Northern Cyprus, divided from the South since 1974, called on France and Germany to push the island toward reunification, which would open the door to full EU membership benefits and avoid Turkish assimilation.
Energy 06-07-2012

Cyprus sees offshore gas as ‘catalyst for reunification’

Recently discovered natural gas reserves in Cyprus’ offshore economic zone could become an incentive for unblocking the island’s stalled reunification talks, a government minister said today (6 July).
Euro & Finance 05-07-2012

Cyprus to get bailout from EU, Russia: President

Cyprus President Demetris Christofias said today (5 July) that his country, which has just taken over the rotating EU presidency, would seek financial assistance from both the European Union and Russia. While EU conditions were harsh, Moscow’s help was “not forbidden by EU law” and has no strings attached, he said. EURACTIV.com reports from Nicosia.
EU Priorities 2020 03-07-2012

Cyprus presidency to start collecting wish lists for EU budget

The Cyprus EU presidency will start consultations next week (9-15 July) with all member states on the next long-term EU budget, the country’s deputy minister to the president for EU affairs said yesterday (2 July). 
Future EU 27-06-2012

Northern Cypriot activists seek visibility in Brussels

Hundreds of people from Northern Cyprus are expected today (27 June) to dress as ghosts to protest what they say is the indifference of the European Union to the division of their island and the hardships in the Turkish region.
Future EU 26-06-2012

Minister: Cyprus won’t be intimidated by Turkey

  Statements by Turkish leaders who say their country will boycott the Cyprus EU presidency are “insulting and provocative” to Cyprus and the EU as a whole, says Cypriot Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou-Markoulis.
Euro & Finance 26-06-2012

Cyprus, Spain turn to Brussels for rescue funds

With days to go before taking over the EU’s rotating presidency, Cyprus yesterday (25 June) became the fifth eurozone country to turn to Brussels for emergency funding. The move came just hours after Spain submitted a formal request to bail out its banks.
Future EU 25-06-2012

The Cyprus EU presidency: Breaking with tradition

The Cyprus EU presidency in the second half of 2012 will provide political leadership to the Union but “not in the traditional way”, officials say. Rather, it will be a “Brussels-based presidency”, with most of the country's officials operating from the European capital and focusing on EU affairs. Meanwhile, the island's long-standing reunification talks with Turkey will be dealt with on a separate track.
Future EU 21-06-2012

Cyprus signals freeze of reunification talks

Ten days before it takes over the rotating EU presidency, Cyprus said it would “put on the back burner” the long-standing reunification talks with Turkey to focus instead on a complex Union agenda. Meanwhile, EU Commissioner for enlargement Štefan Füle urged Nicosia to proceed on both tracks.
EU Priorities 2020 07-06-2012

Cyprus readies EU presidency plan, and bailout bid

The Cypriot Ambassador to the EU, Kornelios Korneliou, provided a first insight yesterday (6 June) into the country's ambitions for its EU Presidency period, which begins in July. Meanwhile, Nicosia is readying a bailout request to salvage its banking system, which is heavily exposed to Greek debt.
Future EU 03-05-2012

EU-Turkey tensions resurface over NATO summit

Turkey has indicated its intention to veto the EU's participation in the upcoming NATO summit in an apparent sign of growing disenchantment with the Union before the rotating EU presidency is taken up by Cyprus, a country that Turkey refuses to recognise.
Future EU 23-04-2012

Reunification talks collapse before Cyprus EU stint

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said progress in the talks to reunify the divided island of Cyprus was insufficient to call an international conference. The statement appears to put an end to hopes that Cyprus' upcoming EU presidency could be a catalyst for the resolution of the Cyprus problem.
Global Europe 05-03-2012

EU and Cyprus: Still a problem

In recent months, many project Cyprus' upcoming EU presidency as a deadline (and catalyst) for the resolution of the Cyprus problem, the dispute between Greek-Cypriots and Turkish-Cypriots over the fate of their island. But in reality, this is nothing but empty rhetoric and the EU remains powerless in resolving the dispute, writes George Kyris.