Cyprus To Establish General Secretariat on European Affairs

The Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cyprus decided on Wednesday to set up a General Secretariat for European Affairs, after adopting a proposal submitted by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Christodoulides.

The aim of the new Secretariat will be the comprehensive management of European issues, in order for Cyprus to secure the full utilization of the political and economic benefits of participation in the EU.

The policies of the new institutions are expected to be based on the experience accumulated in the fifteen years since the accession of the Republic of Cyprus to the European Union.

The Council of Ministers also decided to set up a Ministerial Committee on European Affairs to examine strategic and important European issues. The committee is expected to assist in the drafting of Cyprus’ national policy.

The Secretariat will also work on promoting and better coordinating EU issues and the improvement of Cyprus’ positions presented before the EU. The body will also facilitate promotion and better coordination between the Cypriot government and its MEPs.

With information from C.N.A.