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Press Releases

  • EUThe Presidency (EU)

Results of the Hellenic Presidency of the Council of the European Union 1 January – 30 June 2014

The fifth Hellenic Presidency of the Council of the European Union concluded its mission and handed over to Italy. The Hellenic Presidency conducted its work at a period heavily affected by the ongoing economic crisis and its devastating effects in the social sphere. It was a period characterized by severe criticism of the EU and its way of functioning. This criticism and discontent were rather eloquently demonstrated during the recent European Parliament elections, when EU citizens proved to be quite vocal in their demand for a better Europe.

  • EUThe Presidency (EU)

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras reviews the Greek Presidency at European Parliament plenary session (2.07.2014)

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras reviewed the Greek Presidency at the European Parliament plenary session, today (2.07.2014) in Strasbourg. Prime Minister Samaras also held a press conference with EP President, Martin Schulz.

Read below PM Samaras’ Opening and closing statements at EP.

  • EUThe Presidency (EU)

DPM & FM Venizelos reviews Greek Presidency achievements – Press Conference

Upon the conclusion of the Greek Presidency of the Council of the EU, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos held at Zappeion Megaron, on Monday, 30 June 2014, a press conference, during which he reviewed the main achievements of the Greek Presidency.

Read below DMP & FM Venizelos' opening statements

  • ECThe European Council (EC)

European Council (Brussels, 26-27.06.2014)

The European Council convenes today for a two-day summit. Today, the heads of state or government will gather in Ypres for a commemoration to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and then they will have an exchange of views on the strategic agenda for the Union in the coming years.

  • JHAJustice & Home Affairs (JHA)

EU and US strengthen dialogue on JHA issues

Minister of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights, Charalampos Athanasiou and Minister of Public Order and Citizen Protection, Vassilis Kikilias chaired, on 25 June, in Athens, an EU–US Ministerial meeting on Justice and Home affairs (JHA). A number of issues critical to the European Union and the United States were discussed, such as data protection, migration, terrorism and judicial cooperation.

  • ECOFINEconomic & Financial Affairs (ECOFIN)

Coreper agrees on a General Approach on the European Long-Term Investment Funds (ELTIFs)

During today’s (25.06.2014) Coreper meeting, Ambassadors of the 28 EU Member States agreed on a General Approach on the European Long-Term Investment Funds (ELTIFs) Regulation. This agreement constitutes the negotiating mandate for the incoming Italian Presidency to conduct trilogues with the European Parliament.

  • GACGeneral Affairs (GAC)

Last General Affairs Council under Greek Presidency concludes in Luxembourg (24.06.2014)

The last General Affairs Council under the Greek Presidency, chaired by Greek Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos, took place today (24.06.2014) in Luxembourg.
The Council decided to grant Albania EU candidate status, subject to endorsement by the European Council.
  • EPSCOEmployment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO)

Greek Presidency excels in gender equality issues

The Greek Presidency of the Council of the EU is drawing to a close with flying colours in the area of gender equality, having promoted gender mainstreaming across the board of EU policies.

  • FACForeign Affairs (FAC)

Foreign Affairs Council discussed Ukraine, Syria, Libya and Iraq (Luxembourg, 23.06.2014)

A Foreign Affairs Council meeting, chaired by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, took place today (23.06.2014) in Luxembourg.

The Council took stock of developments in Ukraine, on which several conclusions were adopted. Ministers also exchanged views on Libya and discussed the latest developments in Syria and Iraq.

A press conference was held at the end of the meeting.

  • ECOFINEconomic & Financial Affairs (ECOFIN)

Last ECOFIN under Greek Presidency: Mission accomplished

At today’s ECOFIN meeting, the last one under the Greek Presidency, a political agreement was reached on the Commission’s proposal to amend the Parent Subsidiaries Directive (2011/96/EU) on the common system of taxation applicable in the case of parent companies and subsidiaries of Member States.