Representation in Cyprus




Feeding into the discussion on the future direction of the EU at 27, the Commission today held an orientation debate on the future of European defence.


"It was with great sadness and profound shock that I learnt of the brutal attack that struck Manchester.

It breaks my heart to think that, once again, terrorism has sought to instil fear where there should be joy, to sow division where young people and families should be coming together in celebration.

I would like to convey my deepest sympathies to Prime Minister May and to the British people.

Today we mourn with you. Tomorrow we will work side by side with you to fight back against those who seek to destroy our way of life. They underestimate ours and your resilience – these cowardly attacks will only strengthen our commitment to work together to defeat the perpetrators of such vile acts."


Member States should use the window of opportunity offered by the economic recovery to pursue structural reforms, boost investment and strengthen their public finances. Priorities vary across the EU but further efforts across the board are essential to achieve more inclusive, robust and sustainable growth.


In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission ('Commission') is pursuing legal action against Member States for failing to comply with their obligations under EU law. These decisions, covering various sectors and EU policy areas, aim to ensure the proper application of EU law for the benefit of citizens and businesses.


Today, President Juncker announced his intention to allocate the Digital Economy and Society portfolio to Mariya Gabriel, the candidate for Commissioner from Bulgaria.


What started as a grassroots initiative through an EU funded LIFE project in Spain is now becoming an official European day. In a ceremony today Commissioner for Environment, Karmenu Vella, Chairwoman of the European Parliament's Environment Committee, Adina-Ioana Valean, First Vice-President of the Committee of the Regions, Karl-Heinz Lambertz, and Neil Kerr,  Deputy Permanent Representative of Malta signed a joint declaration to proclaim 21st  May as the "European Natura 2000 Day". It will be celebrated annually across Europe.


On this day, together with millions of people around the world, the EU celebrates the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. It is a timely opportunity to remind Governments of their obligation to promote the universality of human rights and ensure that everyone, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation enjoys these rights without discrimination. 


It is with pleasure that we announce the open call for the application process for bands interested in participating in the inter-communal music festival - Unity Fest which will take place in the moat area of the Ledra Palace Hotel on the 27th of June 2017. Unity Fest aims to bring together the Cypriot youth across the divide, under the power of music and hope, to work for a culture of peace in Cyprus overcoming fears and prejudices. Guest stars: Gadjo Dilo and Fikri Karayel. Please see below the conditions for applications.


The European economy has entered its fifth year of recovery, which is now reaching all EU Member States. This is expected to continue at a largely steady pace this year and next.


Maarten Verwey, Director General of the Structural Reform Support Service of the European Commission, made the following statement after his meeting with Mustafa Akıncı and Nicos Anastasiades this morning: