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How will the EU and Cyprus benefit from the Cyprus Presidency?
The Presidency provides a unique opportunity for Member States to contribute to the process of European integration. In doing so, Cyprus will enjoy lasting benefits from this experience, such as the attainment of greater expertise on EU Affairs and the modernisation of the public sector. It is also an opportunity for Cyprus to enhance its presence in the EU and enjoy visibility not only on the European, but also on the international scene. The distance from Brussels will be bridged, bringing the Cypriotcitizen closer to Europe and, vice versa, the European citizens closer to Cyprus, whereas the involvement of NGOs and the private sector in the Presidency will further enhance the role of the civil society. Simultaneously, the position of Cyprus as a strategic partner in the Eastern Mediterranean can be consolidated. Parallel andsecondary to those benefits, the visit of many Europeans to Cyprus, within the framework of Presidency events, will give the opportunity to promote Cyprus as a quality tourist destination as well as a financial services and business centre.
On the other hand, the EU can also benefit from the Cyprus Presidency, as Cyprus being a small member state, with not many intense national interests, is in a better position to act as an honest broker and be a successful mediator, always bearing in mind the interests of the EU and its citizens. That becomes even more importantfor the progress of negotiations for important dossiers, such as the Multi-annual Financial Framework 2014-2020. Simultaneously, Cyprus, with a geostrategic position in the Eastern Mediterranean and traditional ties with some of its Arab neighbours, could provide a useful perspective in the EU’s efforts to promote pluralism, democratisation reforms and in the stabilisation of the fragile situationin the Arab world following the Arab Spring.
Andreas Mavroyiannis, Deputy Minister to the President of the Republic of Cyprus for European Affairs, talks to Marcus Papadopoulos about the impending Cyprus EU Presidency –