Government Spokesman Stephanos Stephanou has said that the Republic of Cyprus aspires to promote issues concerning social cohesion and solidarity in the European Union, during its EU Presidency in the second half of 2012. Speaking after a meeting of the Council of Ministers, Stephanou said it was decided to set up a Political Committee, which will have the overall responsibility, under the presidency of President Christophias and with the participation of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Interior, Finance, the Secretariat of Cyprus EU Council Presidency and the Permanent Representative of the Republic to the EU.“Preparations are going very well due to the coordinated efforts and contribution of all Ministries, competent state services, the Secretariat of Cyprus EU Council Presidency and our Permanent Representation in Brussels“, he said. Our aim is to have a successful Presidency, setting realistic and feasible goals, Stephanou stressed. He added that Cyprus` EU Presidency as any other Presidency will address and handle issues which concern the EU and its member states but will also set its own priorities.

Head of the Secretariat of Cyprus EU Council Presidency Andreas Moleskis said that “we are within the proper timeframes as regards planning“. Our aim is that by this summer all required personel will assume their posts and budgetary issues will be settled.

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