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  • 14.08.2014Mind over matter: EU researchers use brainpower to get moving

    Grabbing a glass or typing an email: these are some everyday gestures that are not possible for people with serious physical impairments – even though they have the will and the brainpower to do so. EU-funded projects such as TOBI (Tools for Brain-Computer Interaction) are working on technologies that could greatly improve the quality of life of people such as 20-year-old Francesco or 53-year-old Jean-Luc. Brain-Computer Interaction has allowed them to regain control of paralysed limbs, surf the web and take 'virtual' walks with their thought.   more

  • 13.08.2014Press Release -Safer cruise ships thanks to EU-funded research

    When choosing their summer holidays, many European opt for a cruise, or use a ferry to get where they are going. A very important aspect of passenger shipping is safety. Thanks to EU-funded research, evacuating large passenger ships could be even smoother and safer in future. EU-funded researchers are also helping to design more stable cruise ships and ferries.   more

  • 25.07.2014STATEMENT - Statement by the European Commission, ECB and IMF on the Fifth Review Mission to Cyprus

    Staff teams from the European Commission (EC), European Central Bank (ECB), and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) visited Nicosia during July14-25, 2014 for the fifth review of Cyprus's economic programme, which is supported by financial assistance from the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) and the IMF. Cyprus’s programme seeks to ensure the recovery of economic activity to preserve the welfare of the population by restoring financial sector stability, strengthening public finance sustainability, and adopting structural reforms to support long-run growth.   more

  • 24.07.2014PRESS RELEASE - European Commission proposes a higher and achievable energy savings target for 2030

    New opportunities for European businesses, affordable energy bills for consumers, increased energy security through a significant reduction of natural gas imports and a positive impact on the environment: these are some of the expected benefits of the energy efficiency target for 2030 put forward today by the European Commission in a Communication. The proposed target of 30 % builds on the achievements already reached: new buildings use half the energy they did in the 1980s and industry is about 19% less energy intensive than in 2001.   more

  • 22.07.2014Joint Research Centre and Cyprus Institute sign partnership agreement

    The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Cyprus Institute signed a partnership agreement on 22 July to boost joint research, innovation and cooperation in fields such as sustainable water and land management, environmental protection, climate change, energy and cultural heritage preservation. Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, Vladimír Šucha, Director General of the JRC, Costas Papanicolas, President of the Cyprus Institute, Maria Hadjitheodosiou, Cyprus Deputy Permanent Representative to the EU, and Cypriot Members of the European Parliament were present at the signing of a 'memorandum of understanding' at the Commission headquarters in Brussels.   more

  • 22.07.2014PRESS RELEASE - Commissioner Vassiliou: cultural heritage to gain from stronger European support

    Cultural heritage organisations should seize the opportunities of European Union funding programmes and policies to help address the challenges facing the sector, according to a new report by the European Commission. The policy document, entitled 'Towards an integrated approach to cultural heritage for Europe', states that the sector is at a "crossroads" with reduced public budgets, falling participation in traditional cultural activities and diversifying potential audiences due to urbanization, globalisation and technological change. But it also highlights opportunities for Member States and stakeholders to work more closely across borders to ensure that cultural heritage contributes more to sustainable growth and jobs.   more

  • 15.07.2014A new start for Europe: My agenda for Jobs, Growth, Fairness and Democratic Change

    Today Jean-Claude Juncker was elected President of the European Commission by a strong majority of 422 votes in the European Parliament plenary session. After being proposed as candidate for Commission President by the European Council on 27 June 2014, Jean-Claude Juncker needed a majority of 376 votes in the European Parliament.   more

  • 02.07.2014The Economic Adjustment Programme for Cyprus - 4th Review

    Staff teams from the European Commission (EC), European Central Bank (ECB), and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) visited Nicosia from 6 May to 17 May 2014 for the fourth review of Cyprus' economic adjustment programme, which is supported by financial assistance from the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) and the IMF. The objectives of Cyprus’ programme are to restore financial sector stability, strengthen public finance sustainability, and adopt structural reforms so as to support sustainable and balanced long-run growth.   more

  • 24.06.2014Press Release - European Commission adopts ‘Partnership Agreement’ with Cyprus on using EU Structural and Investment Funds for growth and jobs in 2014-2020

    The European Commission has adopted a "Partnership Agreement" with Cyprus setting down the strategy for the optimal use of European Structural and Investment Funds in tackling the crisis and encouraging growth for the benefit of the country and its people. Today’s agreement paves the way for investing €735.6 million in total Cohesion Policy funding over 2014-2020 (in current prices, including European Territorial Cooperation funding) and €132.2 million for rural development to be channelled into the country’s real economy. To promote the fisheries and maritime sector, Cyprus will receive €40 million from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).The EU investments will support the Cypriot economy in emerging from the crisis and encourage economic activity. They will help tackle unemployment and boost competitiveness and economic growth through support to entrepreneurship, innovation, training and education. They will also, fight social exclusion and help develop   more

  • 06.06.2014PRESS RELEASE - Environmental Tax Reform at Times of Economic Crisis

    Hans Eichel, Finance Minister of Germany in the period 1999-2005, Professor Sir Christopher Pissarides, the 2010 Economics Nobel Laureate and Chairman of the Council of National Economy of Cyprus and Mr. Nico Heslop, Head of Energy and Climate Change Taxes at HM Treasury in the United Kingdom, were amongst a distinguished selection of speakers at an international conference held today in Nicosia on the subject of "Environmental Tax Reform at Times of Economic Crisis".   more

  • 06.06.2014STATEMENT- Cyprus: Appreciation and support for Chambers of Commerce

    Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle met in Brussels the presidents of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce, Phidias Pilides and Fikri Toros. The meeting took place in the presence of a representative from Eurochambres.   more

  • 05.06.2014Press Release - EASO to Provide Support to Cyprus

    The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) and Cyprus have today signed a Special Support Plan which provides for EASO support to Cyprus, until July 2015, in a number of prioritized areas, such as training of staff, vulnerable groups, advice on age assessment procedures, enhancing the reception conditions, as well as on data collection and analytical capacity (i.e. statistics and information technology).   more

  • 28.05.2014ΔΕΛΤΙΟ ΤΥΠΟΥ - Η Επιτροπή ξεκινά εκστρατεία ενημέρωσης των Κυπρίων καταναλωτών για τα δικαιώματά τους ελληνικά (el)

    Εκστρατεία με στόχο την ενημέρωση των Κύπριων καταναλωτών για τα δικαιώματά τους ξεκινά η Ευρωπαϊκή Επιτροπή.   more ελληνικά (el)

  • 27.05.2014Δελτίο Τύπου - Έναρξη της Εκστρατείας Ενημέρωσης της Ευρωπαϊκής Επιτροπής για τα Δικαιώματα των Καταναλωτών ελληνικά (el)

    Παρουσίαση της ετήσιας έκθεσης του Ευρωπαϊκού Κέντρου Καταναλωτή Κύπρου.Τετάρτη, 28 Μαΐου 2014, Ώρα: 11.00 π.μ.Σπίτι της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης. Λεωφ. Βύρωνος 30, Λευκωσία   more ελληνικά (el)

  • 07.05.2014CoR - European Public Communication Competition

    The Committee of the Regions is organising the 5th EuroPCom conference on 15-16 October 2014 during which the European Public Communication Award will be handed over to the winner of the European Public Communication Competition.   more

  • 29.04.2014Δημόσια Συζήτηση μεταξύ πολιτών και εκπροσώπων πολιτικών κομμάτων με θέμα τις Ευρωεκλογές ελληνικά (el)

    Το Europe Direct Λεμεσού, με έδρα το Τεχνολογικό Πανεπιστήμιο Κύπρου, το Γραφείο του Ευρωπαϊκού Κοινοβουλίου στην Κύπρο, η Αντιπροσωπεία της Ευρωπαϊκής Επιτροπής στην Κύπρο και το Κανάλι 6 σας προσκαλούν σε «ΕΥΡΩΔΙΑΛΟΓΟ: Δημόσια Συζήτηση με τους πολίτες με θέμα τις Ευρωεκλογές». Ο Ευρωδιάλογος θα πραγματοποιηθεί τη Δευτέρα 5 Μαΐου και ώρα 5.00μμ στο Αμφιθέατρο Πεύκιος Γεωργιάδης στο ΤΕΠΑΚ, με τη συμμετοχή εκπροσώπων πολιτικών κομμάτων με κοινοβουλευτική εκπροσώπηση: κ. Λευτέρης Χριστοφόρου από το ΔΗΣΥ/ΕΥΡΩΚΟ, κ. Γιώργος Λουκαΐδης από το ΑΚΕΛ, κ.   more ελληνικά (el)

  • 04.04.2014New Nicosia Wastewater Treatment Plant enters in full operation serving both communities

    The European Commission and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announce the completion of the project for the new bi-communal Nicosia Wastewater Treatment Plant.  To mark the occasion, a special inaugural event will be held at the plant on Tuesday 8 April 2014, starting at 11.30 a.m. Speeches at the inauguration will be delivered by representatives of the two communities in Nicosia, Mr. Constantinos Yiorkadjis and Mr. Kadri Fellahoğlu, by Mr. Štefan Füle, European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy and by Mr. Olivier Adam, UNDP Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Regional Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS. A symbolic action consisting in unveiling of the plaque and watering of olive trees with treated water from the plant will follow.   more

  • 02.04.2014The Economic Adjustment Programme for Cyprus – Third Review - Winter 2014

    Staff teams from the European Commission (EC), European Central Bank (ECB), and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) visited Nicosia from 29 January to 11 February 2014 for the third review of Cyprus' economic adjustment programme, which is supported by financial assistance from the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) and the IMF. The objectives of Cyprus’ programme are to restore financial sector stability, strengthen public finance sustainability, and adopt structural reforms so as to support sustainable and balanced long-run growth.   more

  • 27.03.2014Cyprus Steering Group: Commission enhances support to the Cyprus settlement process

    On 27 March the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso chaired a meeting of the Cyprus Steering Group in Brussels. The Group assessed the situation following the resumption of fully-fledged settlement talks in February. The Group also reviewed European Commission's support to the negotiation process under UN auspices and help to the Turkish Cypriot Community in preparing for the implementation of the acquis following a settlement. The Group expressed full support to the two parties to bring the process to a successful end.   more

  • 25.03.2014Undeclared work: survey reveals widespread problem

    Around one in ten Europeans (11%) admits that they have bought goods or services involving undeclared work in the previous year, while 4% concede that they have themselves received undeclared pay in return for work. Furthermore, one in 30 (3%) was paid partly in cash by his or her employer ("envelope wages"). These are some of the findings of a Eurobarometer survey which shows that undeclared work continues to be widespread in Europe, though the extent and perception of the problem vary from country to country.   more

  • 19.03.2014Κουίζ για την Ευρώπη: Παγκύπριος Τελικός του Εθνικού Σχολικού Διαγωνισμού 2014 ελληνικά (el)

    Τις γνώσεις τους για την Ευρώπη θα δοκιμάσουν οι τελειόφοιτοι μαθητές από 4 λύκεια της Κύπρου σε ένα κουίζ ερωτήσεων που θα έχει έπαθλο ένα εκπαιδευτικό ταξίδι στις Βρυξέλλες για την πρώτη και την δεύτερη ομάδα.   more ελληνικά (el)

  • 19.03.2014Commission says yes to first successful European Citizens' Initiative

    The Commission today decided to react positively to the first ever successful European Citizens' Initiative, in those areas where it is able to act. Organisers of the Right2Water ECI called on the Commission to ensure that all EU citizens enjoy the right to water and sanitation, to exclude water supply and management of water resources from internal market rules and liberalisation, and to increase its efforts to achieve universal access to water and sanitation around the world.   more

  • 12.03.2014G-7 Leaders Statement

    We, the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission, call on the Russian Federation to cease all efforts to change the status of Crimea contrary to Ukrainian law and in violation of international law. We call on the Russian Federation to immediately halt actions supporting a referendum on the territory of Crimea regarding its status, in direct violation of the Constitution of Ukraine.   more

  • 07.03.2014Support Package for Ukraine

    The Commission is proposing concrete measures for the short and medium term to help stabilise the economic and financial situation in Ukraine, assist with the transition, encourage political and economic reforms and support inclusive development for the benefit of all Ukrainians.   more

  • 05.03.2014Remarks by President Barroso on Ukraine

    "The events of the last days have shocked us all and reminded us that principles that we cherish, like peace, cannot be taken for granted. It also reminds us how the outdated logic of the balance of powers is dangerous and wrong and we need to replace it with a logic of cooperation and dialogue, in full respect of international law."   more

  • 28.02.2014Equal Pay Day: Gender Pay Gap stagnates at 16.4% across Europe

    Women in Europe still work 59 days ‘for free’ – this is what the latest figures released today by the European Commission show. The gender pay gap – the average difference between women and men’s hourly earnings across the entire economy – has barely moved in recent years and still stands at around 16% (it stands at 16.4% as the year before).   more

  • 26.02.2014New rules for tobacco products

    Today the European Parliament approved a revised EU Tobacco Products Directive. This new law strengthens the rules on how tobacco products are manufactured, produced and presented in the EU, and introduces rules for certain tobacco-related products.   more

  • 25.02.2014Winter 2014 forecast: Recovery gaining ground

    The European Commission's winter forecast foresees a continuation of the economic recovery in most Member States and in the EU as a whole. After exiting recession in spring 2013 and three consecutive quarters of subdued recovery, the outlook is for a moderate step-up in economic growth. Following real GDP growth of 1.5% in the EU and 1.2% in the euro area in 2014, activity is seen accelerating in 2015 to 2.0% in the EU and 1.8% in the euro area.   more

  • 24.02.2014State aid: Commission approves restructuring of Cypriot cooperative banks

    The European Commission has found recapitalisation and restructuring aid measures in favour of the Cooperatives Credit Institutions and their central body, the Cooperative Central Bank Ltd. (together "the cooperative banking sector") in Cyprus to be in line with EU state aid rules. In particular, the measures will enable the cooperative banking sector to become viable in the long term without continued state support, while limiting the distortions of competition created by the aid.   more

  • 20.02.2014Commission presents new European strategy to promote coastal and maritime tourism

    The European Commission today presented a new strategy to support coastal and maritime tourism in Europe. Recognising the sector's potential for sustainable growth and job creation, the strategy outlines 14 EU actions to help coastal regions and businesses tackle the challenges they face and strengthen the sector's position as a key driver of Europe's blue economy. These concrete actions are accompanied by a break-down of the tasks that Member States, Regions and industry stakeholders can undertake to complement the EU actions.   more

  • 17.02.2014300 million extra customers for telecoms companies when roaming charges end, survey shows

    94% of Europeans who travel outside their home country limit their use of services like Facebook, because of mobile roaming charges, according to a new survey of 28,000 EU citizens. The European Commission calculates that telecoms companies are missing out on a market of around 300 million phone users because of current pricing strategies, with negative effects for other businesses such as app makers.   more

  • 10.02.2014EU-Turkey: Ministerial dialogue in Brussels

    High Representative/ Vice-President Catherine Ashton and Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle met with the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmet Davutoğlu and Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu for political dialogue on Monday in Brussels.     more

  • 06.02.2014Κύπριοι μαθητές από 31 σχολεία διαγωνίζονται στις γνώσεις τους για τα Ευρωπαϊκά θέματα ελληνικά (el)

    Τις γνώσεις τους για την Ευρώπη θα δοκιμάσουν οι τελειόφοιτοι μαθητές από 31 λύκεια της Κύπρου σε ένα κουίζ ερωτήσεων που για τους φιναλίστ θα έχει έπαθλο ένα εκπαιδευτικό ταξίδι στις Βρυξέλλες.   more ελληνικά (el)

  • 05.02.2014Winners of EU Young Translator Contest announced

    The names of the winners of the European Commission’s annual EU Young Translator 'Juvenes Translatores' contest for secondary school pupils are published today. More than 3 000 teenage pupils from 750 schools sat the contest and their papers were marked by the Commission's in-house translators. The winners – one per Member State - will be invited to an award ceremony in Brussels on 8 April, where each will receive a trophy from Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.   more

  • 05.02.2014Commission opens in-depth investigation into restructuring aid for Cyprus Airways

    The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to verify whether Cyprus' plans to support the restructuring of Cyprus Airways with €102 million are in line with EU state aid rules. The Commission will investigate in particular whether the restructuring plan is suitable to make Cyprus Airways viable without continued state support and to offset the competition distortions created by the state aid.   more

  • 04.02.2014The European Union gives an additional €2.6 million to support the committee on missing persons

    The European Commission has signed the sixth contribution agreement with the United Nations Development Programme providing further €2.6 million of EU funding support to the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) in Cyprus. This significant additional contribution marks the continuous support of the European Union to the CMP and brings the total amount donated by the EU in support of the CMP to EUR 12.1 million. The EU is by far the biggest donor to the Committee on Missing Persons.   more

  • 03.02.2014Commission unveils first EU Anti-Corruption Report

    Corruption continues to be a challenge for Europe. Affecting all EU Member States, corruption costs the European economy around 120 billion euros per year. Member States have taken many initiatives in recent years, but the results are uneven and more should be done to prevent and punish corruption. These are some of the conclusions from the first ever EU Anti-Corruption Report published today by the European Commission.   more

  • 29.01.2014Structural reform of the EU banking sector

    Today, the European Commission has proposed new rules to stop the biggest and most complex banks from engaging in the risky activity of proprietary trading. The new rules would also give supervisors the power to require those banks to separate certain potentially risky trading activities from their deposit-taking business if the pursuit of such activities compromises financial stability. Alongside this proposal, the Commission has adopted accompanying measures aimed at increasing transparency of certain transactions in the shadow banking sector. These measures complement the overarching reforms already undertaken to strengthen the EU financial sector.   more

  • 28.01.2014Data Protection Day 2014: Vice-President Reding calls for a new data protection compact for Europe

    Two years after the European Commission proposed a major reform of the EU’s data protection rules to make them fit for the 21st century (IP/12/46), considerable progress has been made (MEMO/14/60 from 27 January). In October 2013, the European Parliament's leading Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) voted by a large majority to back the Commission’s proposals (MEMO/13/923). Ministers in the Justice Council have meanwhile held numerous discussions on the proposals but not yet agreed on a mandate to start negotiations with the European Parliament. Today, on European Data Protection Day, Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU’s Justice Commissioner in a speech at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) called for a "Data Protection Compact for Europe" (SPEECH/14/62). European Commission experts will answer questions about data protection in a live Twitter chat from 12.00 to 13.30 CET. Join the chat using the #EUdataP and #EUchat hashtags.   more

  • 28.01.2014Better quality checks in universities and vocational colleges

    Member States must shift from a box-ticking approach and upgrade their quality systems if they want to improve the performance of universities and vocational colleges, according to two reports published by the European Commission today on quality assurance in higher education and vocational training . The reports highlight that, although progress has been achieved, further reforms are needed to ensure a 'quality culture' so that teaching is more closely aligned with labour market realities and societal needs. They also call for more emphasis to be given to international cooperation and for students to have a greater say in decision-making.   more

  • 24.01.2014Erasmus+ Launch in Nicosia

    Erasmus+, the EU's new funding programme for education, training, youth and sport, was launched in Nicosia on Friday 24 January by Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth. The new programme will provide grants for more than four million Europeans to study, train, gain work experience or volunteer abroad over the next seven years. Around 15 000 Cypriots are expected to benefit from Erasmus+, which builds on the success of the Erasmus student exchange scheme and other training and youth programmes.   more

  • 21.01.2014Creative Europe in the Oscar race

    Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou has welcomed the fact that four of the five movies nominated as Best Foreign Language Film for the Oscars are supported by the EU's Creative Europe MEDIA programme. The UK film Philomenia, nominated as Best Picture and for Best Actress, as well as films in the categories of Best Animated Feature Film and Best Documentary Feature, have also received support from the MEDIA sub-programme.   more

  • 16.01.2014PRESS RELEASE - Commissioner Vassiliou launches Erasmus+ in Greece

    Erasmus+ – the EU's new funding programme for education, training, youth and sport - was launched in Athens today by Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, in the presence of Constantine Arvanitopoulos, Minister for Education, and Panos Panayiotopoulos, Minister for Culture and Sports, representing the Greek EU Presidency. More than four million people, almost twice as many as now, will get an EU grant to study, train, gain work experience or volunteer abroad over the next seven years. Erasmus+ will have a total budget of €14.7 billion – 40% more than under the previous programmes in 2017-2013.   more

  • 07.01.2014EU house for civil society survey

    Across the European Union (EU), only just over one third of the more than 30,000 respondents feel that they are well informed about their rights as citizens of the, according to a recent poll. Trust in the European Union has gradually been decreasing over the past few years, although overall it still exceeds citizens’ trust in their national governments. Overall, citizens feel disconnected from the EU institutions and feel that they have little say in EU decision-making processes.   more

  • 13.12.2013Commissioner Barnier welcomes trilogue agreement on the framework for bank recovery and resolution

    <em>"I welcome the trilogue agreement reached tonight between the European Parliament and EU Member States on the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive. This is a fundamental step towards the completion of the Banking Union. This law, which applies to all 28 Member States, is an essential piece of the financial regulatory framework that we are building piece by piece for all banks of the European Union in order to draw the lessons from the crisis. Ensuring that failing banks can be wound down in a predictable and efficient way with minimum recourse to public money is fundamental to restoring confidence in Europe's financial sector. The Single Resolution Mechanism, once in place, will be the authority applying these new rules in the context of the Banking Union.</em>   more

  • 11.12.2013Horizon 2020 launched with €15 billion over first two years

    <span style="font-family: 'Verdana','sans-serif';">The European Commission has today for the first time presented calls for projects under Horizon 2020, the European Union's €80 billion research and innovation programme. Worth more than €15 billion over the first two years, the funding is intended to help boost Europe's knowledge-driven economy, and tackle issues that will make a difference in people's lives. </span>   more

  • 10.12.2013Gender Pay Gap: Women in Europe still work 59 days 'for free', Commission report finds

    16.2%: that’s the size of the gender pay gap, or the average difference between women and men’s hourly earnings across the EU, according to the latest figures released today by the European Commission. The figure has not moved an inch in the space of a year. According to a report published by the European Commission today, the pay gap between women and men is still a reality in all EU countries, ranging from 27.3% in Estonia to 2.3% in Slovenia. Overall figures confirm a weak downward trend in recent years, with a decrease of 1.1% between 2008 and 2011. Today's report shows the biggest problem in fighting the EU pay gap is the practical application of equal pay rules and the lack of legal action brought by women to national courts.   more

  • 09.12.2013Aviation: EU extends the use of electronic devices on planes

    The EU's Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has today updated its guidance on the use of portable electronic devices on board (PED), including smartphones, tablets and e-readers. It confirms that these devices may be kept switched on in "Flight Mode" (non-transmitting mode) throughout the journey (including taxiing, take-off and landing) without a risk to safety. EU Transport Commissioner, Vice President Siim Kallas has asked EASA to accelerate its safety review of the use of electronic devices on board in transmitting mode, with new guidance expected to be published early in 2014.   more

  • 06.12.2013Aviation: Commission updates the European safety list of banned airlines

    The European Commission has updated for the 22nd time the European list of airlines subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union, better known as "the EU air safety list". On the basis of safety information from various sources and a hearing both with the Nepalese aviation authorities as well as with a number of Nepalese carriers, the Commission decided to put all airlines from Nepal on the EU air safety list.   more

  • 04.12.2013EU school report: Some improvement in science and reading, but poor in maths

    The latest OECD report on the maths, science and reading skills of 15 year olds reveals mixed results for Member States. The EU as a whole is seriously lagging behind in maths, but the picture is more encouraging in science and reading where Europe is on track to achieve its 2020 target for reducing the percentage of low achievers to below 15%. The results were presented in Brussels by Yves Leterme, Deputy Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and Jan Truszczynski, European Commission Director General for Education and Culture.   more

  • 04.12.2013Youth employment: Commission proposes standards to improve quality of traineeships

    Guidelines to enable trainees to acquire high-quality work experience under safe and fair conditions, and to increase their chances of finding a good quality job, have been proposed today by the European Commission. The proposal for a Council Recommendation on a Quality Framework for Traineeships would in particular call on Member States to ensure that national law or practice respects the principles set out in the guidelines, and to adapt their legislation where necessary.   more

  • 03.12.2013Plácido Domingo and Commissioner Vassiliou set for Citizens' Debate on culture and future of Europe

    <span style="font-family: 'Verdana','sans-serif';">After several sessions already this year, the debate on the future of Europe is coming back to Belgium on 5 December. Plácido Domingo, the world-famous tenor and President of Europa Nostra, the European federation of heritage NGOs will join Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and Isabelle Durant, Vice-President of the European Parliament, for a Citizens' Dialogue with more than 700 people at BOZAR, Brussels.</span>   more

  • 02.12.201312 December 2013 - Seminar "Cross-Border business in the EU made easy" in Nicosia

    Discover the EU’s measures to facilitate business and simplify cross border debt recovery in the single market. On Thursday, 12 December 2013, the European Commission Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry will host a seminar in Nicosia on the issue of cross-border credit and claims management within the EU. The seminar will take place at the Hilton Hotel, Archbishop Makarios III Avenue, Nicosia   more

  • 25.11.2013Future of Europe debate: Commissioner Vassiliou listens to Cypriot citizens

    The debate on the future of Europe is coming to Cyprus on Thursday 28 November. Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, will hold an open Citizens' Dialogue at the Carob Mill in Limassol with local councillors, NGO representatives, students and members of the public.   more

  • 22.11.2013Renewed EU support to reunification in Cyprus

    The European Commission approved a new 31 million EUR financial assistance programme for the Turkish Cypriot community. This renewed funding is the continuation of a successful EU funded programme which focuses on promoting the economic integration of the island and improving contacts between the two communities and the EU with the overall objective of facilitating reunification.   more

  • 22.11.2013Horizon 2020 'massive boost for European research and entrepreneurs', says Vassiliou

    The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), funding research fellowships, and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) will get significantly more money under the new EU Horizon 2020 budget for research and innovation, adopted today by the European Parliament. The MSCA and EIT come under the responsibility of Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, who described the vote as "a massive boost for European research and the entrepreneurs of tomorrow".   more

  • 20.11.2013November infringements package: main decisions

    In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission is pursuing legal action against Member States for failing to comply properly with their obligations under EU law. These decisions covering many sectors aim to ensure proper application of EU law for the benefit of citizens and businesses. The Commission has today taken <b>248 decisions</b>, including <b>58 reasoned opinions</b> and <b>12 referrals</b> to the European Union's Court of Justice. Below you can find those relating directly to Cyprus – also attached is the Memo that includes decisions on all Member States   more

  • 20.11.2013Διήμερη έκθεση με θέμα "Ευρωπαϊκές Ημέρες Εργασίας - Νεολαία σε Κίνηση 2013" ελληνικά (el)

    Οι ευκαιρίες που έχουν οι νέοι Κύπριοι για δουλειά, εκπαίδευση, κινητικότητα και επαγγελματική κατάρτιση στην Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση, στην Κύπρο και στα άλλα Κράτη Μέλη, είναι το θέμα της διήμερης έκθεσης "Ευρωπαϊκές Ημέρες Εργασίας – Νεολαία σε Κίνηση 2013" που θα γίνει στο Συνεδριακό Κέντρο Φιλοξενία στη Λευκωσία την Παρασκευή και το Σάββατο 22 και 23 Νοεμβρίου   more ελληνικά (el)

  • 19.11.2013Commission welcomes approval of Creative Europe programme by European Parliament

    European culture, cinema, television, music, literature, performing arts, heritage and related areas will benefit from increased support under the European Commission's new Creative Europe programme, which was approved by the European Parliament today. With a budget of €1.46 billion over the next seven years – 9% more than current levels – the programme will provide a boost for the cultural and creative sectors, which are a major source of jobs and growth. Creative Europe will provide funding for at least 250 000 artists and cultural professionals, 2 000 cinemas, 800 films and 4 500 book translations. It will also launch a new financial guarantee facility enabling small cultural and creative businesses to access up to €750 million in bank loans.   more

  • 19.11.2013One trillion euro to invest in Europe's future – the EU's budget framework 2014-2020

    Today the European Parliament voted in favour of the EU's Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for the years 2014 to 2020. The consent of the EP clears the way for the final approval by the Council in the coming weeks. Two and a half years of intense negotiations, since the Commission had tabled its proposals on 29 June 2011, have come to an end.   more

  • 14.11.2013State aid: Commission adopts new film support rules

    The European Commission has adopted revised criteria for assessing under EU state aid rules Member States' support schemes in favour of films and other audio-visual works.<span class="A__T3"/>The new Cinema Communication allows aid for a wider scope of activities, highlights Member States' discretion in defining cultural activities worthy of support, introduces the possibility to give more aid to cross-border productions and promotes film heritage. The Commission took into account the comments received during three public consultations of Member States and stakeholders.   more

  • 14.11.2013Commission welcomes Nestlé pledge on jobs and apprenticeships

    <span class="A__T2">The public and private sectors need to work much closer together in the fight against youth unemployment and invest more in equipping young people with the skills and training they need. This was the message from Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, at the launch of 'Nestlé needs YOUth', a new initiative inspired by the Commission's European Alliance for Apprenticeships. The Swiss multinational has pledged to create 20 000 jobs, apprenticeships and traineeships across Europe in the next three years.</span>   more

  • 13.11.2013Androulla Vassiliou meets 40 Cypriot Students who took part in an EPSO simulation exam

    Forty students from the University of Cyprus and the Cyprus University of Technology (TEPAK) met in Brussels with the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism, Sport, Media and Youth, Mrs Androulla Vassiliou and had the opportunity to discuss with her the main current challenges in the field of Education and the role of the European Commission.   more

  • 13.11.2013Commissioner Vassiliou thanks public for 'fantastic support' at Cyprus Unplugged event

    European Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou has thanked the public for their "fantastic support'" at the Cyprus Unplugged benefit concert which took place at the Palais des Beaux Arts (Bozar) in Brussels on 9 November. Almost 1 000 people attended the event, which featured Cypriot music legend Anna Vissi with Constantinos Christoforou and Despina Olympiou. Organised under the patronage of Commissioner Vassiliou, the concert raised around €12 000 for charities on the island supporting disadvantaged children and families.   more

  • 13.11.2013European Semester 2014: strengthening the recovery

    The biggest challenge now facing Europe's economy is how to sustain the recovery that is now underway. This is the main message of this year’s Annual Growth Survey (AGS), adopted by the Commission. Its adoption kicks off the fourth European Semester of economic policy coordination in an environment where growth starts to return and Member States are making progress on correcting the imbalances that developed before the crisis.   more

  • 07.11.2013Statement by the European Commission, ECB and IMF on the Second Review Mission to Cyprus

    Staff teams from the European Commission (EC), European Central Bank (ECB), and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) visited Nicosia during 29 October – 7 November for the second quarterly review of Cyprus’s economic programme, which is supported by financial assistance from the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) and the IMF. The programme’s objectives are to restore financial sector stability, strengthen public finance sustainability, and adopt structural reforms to support long-run growth, while protecting the welfare of the population.   more

  • 06.11.2013Commissioner Vassiliou welcomes the agreement reached on provisional arrangement for the organisation of football in Cyprus

    European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism, Sport, Media and Youth, Mrs Androulla Vassiliou made today the following statement: After many efforts, it seems that the football family of Cyprus has finally come to an important agreement in signing a provisional arrangement for the organisation of football in Cyprus. I commend the efforts of both sides, and congratulate them in reaching this historic agreement and I also thank the Presidents of FIFA and UEFA, Mr Blatter and Mr Platini, for their personal involvement and role in this matter.   more

  • 05.11.2013Open Debate - Friday 08.11.13 - «Europe and the crisis»

    In the context of giving a new momentum to the Single Market and creating a new financial system for Europe including a Banking Union to strengthen the euro, the European Commission Representation in Cyprus has the pleasure of inviting you to an open debate with Commissioner Barnier on "Europe and the crisis" which will be held at the EU House, Nicosia, on Friday, 8 November 2013 from 17:30 - 19:00.   more

  • 05.11.2013Autumn 2013 economic forecast: Gradual recovery, external risks

    In recent months, there have been encouraging signs that an economic recovery is underway in Europe. After contracting up to the first quarter of 2013, the European economy started to grow again in the second quarter and real GDP is set to continue growing in the remainder of this year.   more

  • 05.11.2013ICT for culture: Winners of @diversity Awards announced

    The winners of the first @diversity Awards, which recognise outstanding examples of ICT innovation to promote culture, have been announced by Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, at the European Culture Forum in Brussels . The Forum, which gathers 1200 culture practitioners and policymakers, was opened by European Commission President José Manuel Barroso. Šarūnas Birutis, the Lithuanian Minister of Culture, and Czech economist and author Tomáš Sedláček are also participating in the event.   more

  • 04.11.2013Environment: Commission proposes to reduce the use of plastic bags

    Today the European Commission adopted a proposal that requires Member States to reduce their use of lightweight plastic carrier bags. Member States can choose the measures they find most appropriate, including charges, national reduction targets or a ban under certain conditions. Lightweight plastic bags are often used only once, but can persist in the environment for hundreds of years, often as harmful microscopic particles that are known to be dangerous to marine life in particular.   more

  • 04.11.2013Survey shows fall in cultural participation in Europe

    Is Europe becoming a less cultural continent? The findings of a new Eurobarometer survey on cultural access and participation – the first on the topic since 2007 – suggest this may be the case. Although there are marked differences between Member States, in general fewer Europeans are engaging in cultural activities, as performers or spectators.   more

  • 31.10.2013Education and Training Monitor highlights impact of budget cuts and skills mismatch

    Sixteen Member States decreased their spending on education between 2008 and 2011, with six showing further significant budget decreases in 2012, according to the latest Education and Training Monitor released today by the European Commission. The 2013 Education and Training Monitor provides a picture of each country's progress in relation to specific benchmarks and indicators, and highlights the latest policy developments and analysis.   more

  • 29.10.2013Eurovision stars top bill at 'Cyprus Unplugged' show

    Eurovision stars Anna Vissi, Constantinos Christoforou and Despina Olympiou will take part in a 'Cyprus Unplugged' benefit concert at the Palais des Beaux Arts (Bozar) in Brussels on 9 November. All proceeds from the event, organised under the patronage of European Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou, will go to charities on the island supporting disadvantaged children and families.   more

  • 28.10.2013Statement of President Barroso at the final press conference following the European Council

    Extracts: "There was an important discussion about SMEs. How can we contribute to avoid the difficulties that exist today, also in the euro area, in terms of the lending conditions to SMEs in Europe? And we have agreed to significantly increase the funding for SMEs through the structural and investment funds, leveraging the European Investment Bank loans so that they can have this kind of funding available, which is particularly important for countries that have very big pressure on their budgets and also in terms of the access to markets of their companies."   more

  • 25.10.2013EU and Qatar: Vassiliou calls for stronger partnerships in education and culture

    The European Union should work more closely with Qatar and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries in areas of common interest such as education and training, new skills for a changing world and strengthened cultural ties to enhance understanding between their peoples. This is the message that Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, will deliver at the 2013 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) in Doha, Qatar, on 29 October.   more

  • 23.10.2013The 2012 performance of EU Member States in applying EU law

    The correct application of EU law is a cornerstone of the EU Treaties and at the heart of the Commission's regulatory fitness programme (REFIT). The 30th Annual Report on monitoring the application of EU law shows how Member States are performing in applying EU law. There were fewer infringements open at the end of 2012 than previous years. The number of cases in problem solving mechanisms such as EU Pilot increased. This reflects the determination of the European Commission to work with the Member States to solve problems and improve compliance.   more

  • 22.10.2013Time for stronger EU action against gun violence

    Over the last few years, tragic gun attacks in Europe have repeatedly caught our attention, notably in Norway, Belgium, Finland, France or Italy to mention but a few. No country is unaffected and in the EU as a whole, more than one thousand people are victims of homicide by firearms each year, and half a million firearms that have been registered as lost or stolen in the EU remain unaccounted for.   more

  • 21.10.2013Vassiliou calls for more focus on media literacy

    More needs to be done to encourage 'media literacy' among children, according to Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth. This will be her main message when she visits 'Cinekid', the world's largest media festival for children, in Amsterdam on 21 October.   more

  • 18.10.2013Δημόσια συζήτηση την Τρίτη 22.10.13 - «Το σχέδιο για την ανάκαμψη: ΠΩΣ, ΠΟΤΕ ΚΑΙ ΜΕ ΠΟΙΟΥΣ;» ελληνικά (el)

    Στο πλαίσιο του Ευρωπαϊκού Έτους Πολιτών 2013 το Γραφείο Ευρωπαϊκού Κοινοβουλίου στην Κύπρο, η Αντιπροσωπεία της Ευρωπαϊκής Επιτροπής στην Κύπρο και το Γραφείο Τύπου και Πληροφοριών, σε συνεργασία με το Κυπριακό Εμπορικό και Βιομηχανικό Επιμελητήριο (ΚΕΒΕ), σας προσκαλούν σε εκδήλωση με θέμα «Το σχέδιο για την ανάκαμψη: ΠΩΣ, ΠΟΤΕ ΚΑΙ ΜΕ ΠΟΙΟΥΣ;», στις 22 Οκτωβρίου 2013, απο τις 18.00 – 20.00, στο Σπίτι της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης, Βύρωνος, 30 Λευκωσία   more ελληνικά (el)

  • 17.10.2013«Οι Ευρωτουρκικες Σχέσεις και το Κυπριακό» - Ομιλία από τον κο Μαρκοπουλιώτη, Επικεφαλής της Αντιπροσωπείας της EE στην Κύπρο ελληνικά (el)

    «Οι Ευρωτουρκικες Σχέσεις και το Κυπριακό: Στρατηγικές στο νέο Ευρωπαϊκό Περιβάλλον» - Ομιλία από τον κο Γεώργιο Μαρκοπουλιώτη, Επικεφαλής της Αντιπροσωπείας της Ευρωπαϊκής Επιτροπής στην Κύπρο, την Τετάρτη, 16 Οκτωβρίου 2013, 19:00, στο Κτίριο Europe Direct Λεμεσού   more ελληνικά (el)

  • 17.10.2013«Οι Ευρωτουρκικες Σχέσεις και το Κυπριακό» - Ομιλία από τον κο Μαρκοπουλιώτη, Επικεφαλής της Αντιπροσωπείας της EE στην Κύπρο ελληνικά (el)

    «Οι Ευρωτουρκικες Σχέσεις και το Κυπριακό: Στρατηγικές στο νέο Ευρωπαϊκό Περιβάλλον» - Ομιλία από τον κο Γεώργιο Μαρκοπουλιώτη, Επικεφαλής της Αντιπροσωπείας της Ευρωπαϊκής Επιτροπής στην Κύπρο, την Τετάρτη, 16 Οκτωβρίου 2013, 19:00, στο Κτίριο Europe Direct Λεμεσού   more ελληνικά (el)

  • 16.10.2013EU enlargement: priorities for 2014

    In a set of annual reports adopted today, the European Commission recommends granting EU candidate status to Albania and, for the fifth time in a row, the opening of accession negotiations with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The Commission also assesses the progress towards EU accession made elsewhere in the Western Balkans and in Turkey over the past year. Given the Icelandic government's decision to put accession negotiations on hold, a simplified report on Iceland takes stock of the current state of its alignment with the EU.   more

  • 11.10.2013Δημόσια συζήτηση την Τετάρτη 16.10.13 - «Οι Ευρωτουρκικές Σχέσεις και το Κυπριακό» ελληνικά (el)

    ΠΡΟΣΚΛΗΣΗ - Ο Όμιλος Προβληματισμού για τον Εκσυγχρονισμό της Κοινωνίας μας - ΟΠΕΚ, το Γραφείο του Ευρωπαϊκού Κοινοβουλίου στην Κύπρο, η Αντιπροσωπεία της Ευρωπαϊκής Επιτροπής στην Κύπρο, και το Ευρωπαϊκό Κέντρο Πληροφόρησης Europe Direct  Λεμεσού  - ΤΕΠΑΚ σας προσκαλούν σε δημόσια συζήτηση με θέμα: «ΟΙ ΕΥΡΩΤΟΥΡΚΙΚΕΣ ΣΧΕΣΕΙΣ ΚΑΙ ΤΟ ΚΥΠΡΙΑΚΟ: ΣΤΡΑΤΗΓΙΚΕΣ ΣΤΟ ΝΕΟ ΕΥΡΩΠΑΪΚΟ ΠΕΡΙΒΑΛΛΟΝ»   more ελληνικά (el)

  • 10.10.2013Η Επίτροπος Ανδρούλλα Βασιλείου καλεί σε δύο εκδηλώσεις, ''Νέα Αφήγηση για την Ευρώπη" και "Cyprus Unplugged" ελληνικά (el)

    Τη νέα πρωτοβουλία της EE "Νέα Αφήγηση για την Ευρώπη," και πιο συγκεκριμένα τη δημόσια συζήτηση με θέμα την Ευρώπη του σήμερα και του αύριο η οποία θα διεξαχθεί την  Παρασκευή 11 Οκτωβρίου στο Θέατρο του ΘΟΚ στη Λευκωσία μεταξύ 18.30 και 20.30, παρουσίασε η Επίτροπος για θέματα Παιδείας, Πολιτισμού, Πολυγλωσσίας και Νεολαίας, κυρία Ανδρούλλα Βασιλείου, σε δημοσιογραφική διάσκεψη που πραγματοποιήθηκε στο Σπίτι της Ευρώπης σήμερα Πέμπτη.   more ελληνικά (el)

  • 08.10.2013Survey of adult skills highlights need to improve education and training

    One in five adults in Europe have low literacy and numeracy skills, and even a university degree in the same subject is no guarantee of the same level of skills in different countries, according to the first comprehensive international Survey of Adult Skills published today by the OECD and European Commission.   more

  • 03.10.2013Δημόσια συζήτηση το Σάββατο 05.10.13 - «Η Αναθεωρημένη Κοινή Αγροτική Πολιτική της Ε.Ε» ελληνικά (el)

    Δημόσια συζήτηση με τίτλο «Η Αναθεωρημένη Κοινή Αγροτική Πολιτική της Ε.Ε: Νέες προσεγγίσεις για καινοτομία και  ανάπτυξη» διοργανώνουν το Γραφείο Ευρωπαϊκού Κοινοβουλίου στην Κύπρο, η Αντιπροσωπεία της Ευρωπαϊκής Επιτροπής στην Κύπρο και το Γραφείο Τύπου και Πληροφοριών σε συνεργασία με το Υπουργείο Γεωργίας, Φυσικών Πόρων και Περιβάλλοντος στο πλαίσιο του Ευρωπαϊκού Έτους Πολιτών 2013.   more ελληνικά (el)

  • 02.10.2013Five Member States, including Cyprus, exceeded their 2012/13 milk quota

    Five Member States - Austria, Germany, Denmark, Poland and Cyprus - exceeded their milk quotas for deliveries in 2012/2013, and must therefore pay penalties ("superlevy") totalling roughly €46 million. Despite the overrun of the quotas in these Member States, total EU deliveries remained well below (-6.0%) the total quota volumes, compared with -4.7% in 2011/12. In addition, the Netherlands overshot its direct sales quota by 1 100t (1.4%) and faces a levy of €301 000.   more

  • 27.09.2013Strong tourism season gives Europe an economic boost and much needed jobs

    Despite the economic crisis, Europe remains one of the favourite destinations. International tourist arrivals in Europe grew by 5 % during the first half of 2013, with best results recorded in Central and Eastern Europe (+ 9 %) and Southern and Mediterranean Europe (+ 6 %). During the first six months of the year, Spain was still the most popular destination, followed by Italy, France, Austria, Germany, Greece and the UK, but eastern countries such as Lithuania, Slovakia and Latvia also recorded substantial growth.   more

  • 26.09.2013Love is … multilingualism

    How do you say 'I like you' in 24 languages? This very useful information is brought to you today by the European Commission on the occasion of the European Day of Languages (EDL). It's the minimum you'll need to know if you're planning to attend an international EDL dating event, where multilingualism is the language of love.   more

  • 26.09.2013Without a strong industrial base, Europe's economy cannot prosper

    While industrial performance has stabilised, industry’s share in Europe’s GDP has declined from 15.5% of GDP one year ago to 15.1% in summer 2013. The two industrial Competitiveness reports published today by the European Commission highlight that Member States have made progress in improving the business environment, exports and sustainability.   more

  • 25.09.2013Commission launches 'Opening up Education' to boost innovation and digital skills in schools and universities

    More than 60% of nine year olds in the EU are in schools which are still not digitally equipped. The European Commission today unveils 'Opening up Education', an action plan to tackle this and other digital problems which are hampering schools and universities from delivering high quality education and the digital skills which 90% of jobs will require by 2020. To help kick-off the initiative, the Commission today launches a new website, Open Education Europa, which will allow students, practitioners and educational institutions to share free-to-use open educational resources.   more

  • 23.09.2013Single Market Month to kick off with debates on jobs

    Today (Monday 23 September) sees the first in a series of four online debates on the Single Market as part of the Single Market Month which will run from 23 September until 23 October 2013. Against the backdrop of the 2013 European Year of Citizens, Single Market Month – an initiative of the European Parliament and the Commission - will be an opportunity for citizens and stakeholders to make proposals for the future of the EU and to debate those proposals live online with other citizens, stakeholders, officials and leaders, and experts from all over Europe.   more

  • 20.09.2013Economic Adjustment Programme for Cyprus, First Review – Summer 2013

    Staff teams from the European Commission (EC), European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) visited Nicosia on 17-31 July for the first quarterly review of Cyprus’ economic adjustment programme, which is supported by financial assistance from the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) and the IMF.   more

  • 19.09.2013Έναρξης Ραδιοφωνικής Εκπομπής «Ευρώπη για τους Πολίτες: O Δρόμος προς τις Ευρωεκλογές» ελληνικά (el)

    Ξεκίνησε χθες, Τετάρτη 18 Σεπτεμβρίου 2013, η εβδομαδιαία ενημερωτική ραδιοφωνική εκπομπή «Ευρώπη για τους Πολίτες: O Δρόμος προς τις Ευρωεκλογές», με τους Δρα. Χαράλαμπο Χρυσοστόμου, Προϊστάμενο της Υπηρεσίας Έρευνας και Διεθνούς Συνεργασίας του ΤΕΠΑΚ και Γενικός Συντονιστής του Europe Direct Λεμεσού και το δημοσιογράφο Χάρη Παναγιώτου. Η εκπομπή είναι μια προσφορά από το Europe Direct Λεμεσού και το Κανάλι 6, με την υποστήριξη της Αντιπροσωπείας της Ευρωπαικής Επιτροπής στην Κύπρο.   more ελληνικά (el)

  • 18.09.2013Ευρωπαϊκή Εβδομάδα Κινητικότητας 2013: «Καθαρός αέρας - είναι η δική σου κίνηση» ελληνικά (el)

    «Στη Λευκωσία χωρίς αυτοκίνητα» καλούνται να μετακινηθούν οι κάτοικοι της πρωτεύουσας το Σάββατο 21 Σεπτεμβρίου από τις 10:00 έως τις 14:00 στο πλαίσιο των εκδηλώσεων που θα πραγματοποιηθούν με την ευκαιρία της Ευρωπαϊκής Εβδομάδας Κινητικότητας στις 16 - 22 Σεπτεμβρίου 2013.   more ελληνικά (el)

  • 17.09.2013European Commission takes decisive action against legal highs

    The European Commission today proposed to strengthen the European Union’s ability to respond to ‘legal highs’ – new psychoactive substances used as alternatives to illicit drugs such as cocaine and ecstasy. Under the rules proposed by the Commission today, harmful psychoactive substances will be withdrawn quickly from the market, without jeopardising their various legitimate industrial and commercial uses.   more

  • 13.09.2013EC Reception for grantees of Scholarships for TC community Programme 2013/14

    In the framework of the Aid Programme for the Turkish Cypriot community and in line with the objectives of bringing the Turkish Cypriot community closer to the European Union, over the last 6 years the European Commission granted scholarships for over EUR 6.5 million to more than 500 students and teachers to spend up to one academic year in a university in another EU Member State for education, training or research.   more

  • 13.09.2013Commission proposes major step forward for telecoms single market

    The European Commission today adopted its most ambitious plan in 26 years of telecoms market reform. Launched by Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso in his 2013 State of the Union speech, the “Connected Continent” legislative package, when adopted, will reduce consumer charges, simplify red tape faced by companies, and bring a range of new rights for both users and service providers, so that Europe can once again be a global digital leader.   more

  • 11.09.2013State of the Union address 2013

    The President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, has given his State of the Union address at the European Parliament plenary session/Strasbourg, today, 11 September 2013.   more

  • 11.09.2013State of the Union address 2013

    The President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, has given his State of the Union address at the European Parliament plenary session/Strasbourg, today, 11 September 2013.   more

  • 05.09.2013Cyprus: Renewed EU support to preserve the island's cultural heritage

    The European Commission has launched a new project to strengthen the efforts already in place to preserve the island-wide cultural heritage in Cyprus. The EU contribution will amount to €2 million and will support the work of the bi-communal Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage.   more

  • 03.09.2013EU Aid programme for the Turkish Cypriot Community

    The European Commission (EC) has announced the launch of the Fourth Call For Proposal of the grant scheme "Cypriot Civil Society in Action". The EC has launched a €2,500,000 call for proposals to support projects with the following objectives:   more

  • 29.08.2013New initiative to promote physical activity in Europe

    The European Commission has adopted an initiative on health-enhancing physical activity which is the first ever proposal for a Council Recommendation on sport. Sport and physical activity help people to stay physically and mentally fit by combating excessive weight and obesity and preventing related health conditions.   more

  • 18.06.2013Ομιλία Μαρκοπουλιώτη: «Οι σχέσεις Κύπρου-ΕΕ σε μετάβαση» ελληνικά (el)

    Ομιλία από τον κο Γεώργιο Μαρκοπουλιώτη, Επικεφαλής της Αντιπροσωπείας της Ευρωπαϊκής Επιτροπής στην Κύπρο, την Δευτέρα, 17 Ιουνίου 2013, 19:00, στο Europe Direct Λεμεσού - «Οι σχέσεις Κύπρου-ΕΕ σε μετάβαση: Σχεδιάζοντας ξανά την ευρωπαϊκή μας πορεία»   more ελληνικά (el)

  • 30.04.2013Προστασία προσωπικών δεδομένων, διαφάνεια και δημόσιο συμφέρον

    Η προστασία των προσωπικών δεδομένων δεν αποτελεί εμπόδιο στη διαφάνεια ούτε στην διερεύνηση θεμάτων δημοσίου συμφέροντος, ήταν το κύριο συμπέρασμα της εκδήλωσης που πραγματοποιήθηκε την Δευτέρα, 29 Απριλίου, στο Σπίτι της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης στο πλαίσιο του Ευρωπαϊκού Έτους Πολιτών 2013. Συνδιοργανωτές ήταν το Γραφείο του Ευρωπαϊκού Κοινοβουλίου στην Κύπρο, η Αντιπροσωπεία της Ευρωπαϊκής Επιτροπής στην Κύπρο και το Γραφείο Τύπου και Πληροφοριών.   more

  • 24.04.2013Launch of MY CY Radio

    Welcome address by Mr Georgios Markopouliotis, Head of the European Commission Representation in Cyprus, on Wednesday, 24 April 2013, 15:00 at the EU House, Nicosia   more

  • 28.03.2013Statement by the European Commission on the capital controls imposed by the Republic of Cyprus

    The Commission takes note of temporary restrictions on the free movement of capital, including capital controls, imposed by the Republic of Cyprus as part of a series of measures to prevent the significant risk of uncontrollable outflow of deposits which would lead to the collapse of the credit institutions and to the immediate risk of complete destabilisation of the financial system of Cyprus.   more

  • 26.03.2013Statement by President Barroso on Cyprus

    Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. After talks at the highest level with the President of Cyprus, the Eurogroup yesterday [March 24] reached an agreement on a programme for the Republic of Cyprus that, if properly implemented, we believe will restore the viability of the Cypriot economy.   more

  • 25.03.2013Remarks by VP Rehn on Cyprus at the Eurogroup Press Conference on 25 March 2013

    Thank you for your patience, ladies and gentlemen. It's been yet another hard day's night. I'm not saying a long and winding road, but it was absolutely essential that an agreement be reached tonight on a financial assistance programme for Cyprus. We now have such an agreement in place, which means that we can now work, starting today, to help the Cypriot people to rebuild their economy.   more

  • 12.03.2013Χαιρετισμός Επιτρόπου Βασιλείου στα εγκαίνια της Κρατικής Εκπαιδευτικής Έκθεσης Κύπρου ελληνικά (el)

    Χαιρετισμός Επιτρόπου κυρίας Ανδρούλλας Βασιλείου στα εγκαίνια της Κρατικής Εκπαιδευτικής Έκθεσης Κύπρου το Σάββατο 2 Μαρτίου 2013 (τον χαιρετισμό διάβασε ο Επικεφαλής της Αντιπροσωπείας της Ευρωπαϊκής Επιτροπής στην Κύπρο, κ. Γιώργος Μαρκοπουλιώτης).   more ελληνικά (el)

  • 28.11.2012Αντιπρόεδρος Reding: Η Ευρώπη, το δίκαιο και οι γερμανοί νομικοί: μια παρέμβαση του Λουξεμβούργου ελληνικά (el)

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  • 23.11.2012Statement by Vice-President Rehn on Cyprus

    I welcome the decisive progress that has been made in the discussions between the European Commission, European Central Bank, International Monetary Fund and the Cypriot authorities on the key policies needed to strengthen public finances, restore the health of the financial system, and strengthen competiveness.   more

  • 12.09.2012State of the Union Address 2012

    José Manuel Durão Barroso, President of the European Commission, delivers the State of the Union 2012 Address at the Plenary session of the European Parliament/Strasbourg, 12 September 2012   more

  • 16.08.2012Culture's role in the European Union's external relations

    Speech (in English) by Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the European Commission responsible for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, on culture's role in the European Union's external relations, delivered at the First International Culture Summit in Edinburgh on 13 August 2012.   more

  • 17.04.2012Ομιλία της Επιτρόπου κυρίας Βασιλείου σε ημερίδα με λειτουργούς του Υπουργείου Παιδείας και Πολιτισμού ελληνικά (el)

    Η Ευρωπαία Επίτροπος Ανδρούλλα Βασιλείου, αρμόδια για θέματα Εκπαίδευσης, Πολιτισμού, Πολυγλωσσίας και Νεολαίας παραβρέθηκε στις 11 Απριλίου 2012 σε ημερίδα που διοργάνωσε το Υπουργείο Παιδείας και Πολιτισμού της Κύπρου και μίλησε στους λειτουργούς του Υπουργείου για τα θέματα του χαρτοφυλακίου της στην διάρκεια της Κυπριακής Προεδρίας   more ελληνικά (el)

  • 08.02.2012Culture and education vis-a-vis the crisis

    Speech (in Greek) by Androulla Kaminara, Head of the European Commission Representation in Cyprus, at an event organized by TEPAK on January 30 2012 at the university's premises in Limassol. It's true that these are difficult times for both Europe and the European citizens. But there are choices that we have to make that will shape our future. If we don't continue to invest in the education of our youth and if we do not invest in our culture, we will not be able to create the jobs and the economic growth that we need so much.   more

  • 16.11.2011Commission adopts 2012 Work Programme for European Renewal

    The European Commission has today adopted a Work Programme for the coming year, "Delivering European renewal". The Programme sets out how the Commission will build on the ambitious set of proposals to respond to the economic crisis already on the table with further measures next year. It translates the political priorities identified by President Barroso in the <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/president/state-union-2011/index_en.htm" target="_blank">State of the Union address</a> into concrete actions for the next year.   more

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European Commission in Cyprus

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Representation of the European Commission in Cyprus

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EU House

30 Byron Avenue

1096 Nicosia

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+357 22 81 77 70

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+357 22 76 89 26

E-Mail


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