Representation in Cyprus




President Juncker participates in anniversary celebrations and leads discussion on the future of the EU at 27



One year on from the appalling attacks of 22 March 2016 which the whole of Europe mourned, the memory of the victims remains, and will forever remain, in our minds and in our hearts. It is with great sorrow that I think of each of these shattered lives, such as that of our colleague Patricia Rizzo, the suffering endured by the wounded and the grief of their families and relatives. I would like to express my deepest sympathy to every one of them.


Today, the European Commission presented its latest report on the Rapid Alert System for dangerous products.


We have taken good note of the Venice Commission's Opinion on the amendments to the Constitution of the Republic of Turkey adopted by the Turkish Grand National Assembly on 21 January 2017.


The two leaders first of all prepared the European Council and discussed the White Paper of the Commission on the future of Europe (already welcomed warmly by Cyprus).

President Anastasiades also debriefed President Juncker about the latest state of play of the Cyprus settlement talks.


The Commission is marking International Women's Day with the publication of a new report on equality between men and women, which shows that EU legislation, guidelines, actions and funding possibilities are supporting noticeable but uneven progress in EU Member States.


The 2017 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) shows that the EU is making progress but the gap between top digital players and lower-performing countries is still too wide. More efforts and investments are needed to make the most of the Digital Single Market.


Ahead of next week's European Council and in the form of three progress reports, the Commission is today making a renewed call on Member States to pick up the pace of relocation to alleviate pressure from Italy and Greece, with few having met their commitments in full.


As announced in President Juncker's 2016 State of the Union speech, the European Commission today presented a White Paper on the Future of Europe, which forms the Commission's contribution to the Rome Summit of 25 March 2017.


The 7th Juncker Priorities event titled " The challenge of democratic change in Europe" will not take place on Thursday 2nd March, because Margaritis Schinas, Commission Chief Spokesperson, will need to be in Brussels due to the forthcoming adoption by the Commission of the White Paper on the Future of Europe.