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In the final days before presentation of the Cyprus Presidency Priorities, The Cypriot Ambassador to the EU, Kornelios Korneliou, provided a first insight (6 June) into the country’s ambitions for its EU Presidency period and corroborated Acting Government Spokesman Christos Christofides, that the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) would probably be used support the ailing banking system
On the Cyprus Presidency programme, the diplomat indicated that the country would have a limited number of priorities, that will be officially revealed in a few days.
This is the first time Cyprus has steered the EU, since joining the Union in 2004. The Ambassador said that under the current difficult economic circumstance, the Cyprus Presidency would not push for “more Europe” or “less Europe”, but a “better Europe” that is “more relevant to its citizens and the world”.
Cyprus wants to keep its priority agenda modest, EurActiv remarked. While the long-term EU budget for 2014-2020 tops the priority list, Nicosia understands that such a major issue will be handled primarily by European Council President Herman Van Rompuy.
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