Review of the Cyprus Presidency:
- MEPs debate
EPRef89837 // European Parliament , Strasbourg, EP Plenary session - Hemicycle //
Lieu: European Parliament , Strasbourg
End production: 15/01/2013 First transmission: 15/01/2013
Following president Demetris CHRISTOFIAS' statement MEPs took the floor to review the outgoing Cyprus presidency.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the European Parliament, Strasbourg
||Cutaways, Cyprus presidency, EP presidency, EC Presidency (4 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (Dutch) by Corien WORTMANN-KOOL (EPP, NL),"Despite the limited experience that you've had there was nevertheless some serious progress made. And rightly so the Cyprus government ignored the provocation from the Turkish government and avoided conflict. That sort of activity is disrespectful to the EU as a whole so I'd like to say to Cyprus and the officials and the official actions of the Cyprus presidency I'd like to congratulate you on the progress made over the past 6 months. "
||SOUNDBITE (Dutch) by Corien WORTMANN-KOOL (EPP, NL),"At the EU level good progress has been made but at home in Cyprus it seems that the government has not been in the position to master the crisis. The Cyprus government avoided taking measures for sustainable budgetary policies to improve competitiveness."
||SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) by Elisa FERREIRA, (S&D, PT) ,"If we take into account the size of the country and the fact that it was the first time that Cyprus held the EU presidency, and under difficult circumstances I think that we owe Cyprus a debt of gratitude for it has achieved during its presidency ."
||SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) by Elisa FERREIRA, (S&D, PT) ," other will speak better than me on the work achieved on Schengen and asylum policy, the work on external trade, the monetary policy and the success achieved for the European patent."
||SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) by Elisa FERREIRA, (S&D, PT) ," it is during the Cyprus presidency that for the first time after a very long time and a number of requests from this Parliament, we started looking at the Emu on the medium and long term,."
SOUNDBITE (Swedish) by WIKSTRÖM, (ALDE, SE)," As leader of my group in JURI, the legal affairs Committee, I'd like to note that I am pleased that the European patent has become reality during your presidency, after 37 years continuous attempts , we've now reached the goal lines . As rapporteur on the Dublin regulation, in the LIBE Committee, I recognize all your attempts to reach agreements on the Common European Asylum package."
||SOUNDBITE (German) by Rebecca HARMS, (Greens/ EFA, DE),"I have to stress again that I was shocked when I went on visits to look at the current division on the highland and in line with what we said at the outset of the presidency,, that this point can only be regarded as a disappointment today. the efforts to overcome the terrible split , the real scourge of recent history ,a genuine boundary which nothing can cross. And if you look at the current economic problems in Cyprus , then I have to say that I think for Cyprus, for all Cypriots, things would be better if this misguided blockade were to be rethought and come towards a cross national approach."