Priorities of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the European Union - 1 July – 31 December 2012
Towards a Better Europe
The European Union needs to emerge stronger from the current economic crisis and reinstate its place in the international scene. Today, more than ever, it is necessary to further deepen European integration, strengthen social cohesion and ensure better quality of life for European citizens. Austerity measures are important in order to restore the confidence of the markets and ensure stability; but in parallel, it is imperative to take active measures in order to promote inclusive growth and job creation. The Union needs to be closer to its citizens and communicate a message of hope and solidarity to them, with social sensitivity. At the same time, the EU needs to enhance its international role, while being closer to its neighbours. The driving force for the essential reforms should be the fundamental principles and values of the Union.
The Cyprus Presidency, on the basis of these values, will work Towards a Better Europe; meaning a European Union more relevant to its citizens and to the world; a more effective Europe, contributing to sustainable growth, social cohesion and job creation through efficient and integrated policies; a European Union working on the basis of the underlying principle of solidarity, committing itself to a better future. All efforts will be directed to bequeath a better Europe to the younger generations.
During its Presidency, Cyprus is called upon to deal with key issues of the EU agenda, such as the Multiannual Financial Framework for the period 2014-2020. The Multiannual Financial Framework is an opportunity to agree on a budget that will contribute to growth and sustainable development, promote effective policies, increase EU’s competitiveness and create more jobs. It is necessary to identify and bring out the elements of growth in all EU policies, with special emphasis on the citizens of the Union.
For more information on the six-month program and the Cyprus Presidency Priorities, you can visit the official website at: cy2012.eu