BRUSSELS - The Permanent Representative of Cyprus at the EU, Ambassador Kornelios Korneliou, has said that Cyprus has gained a lot from its six month experience at the helm of the Council of the EU.
Korneliou also referred to the numerous successes during the Cyprus Presidency, such as the unitary patent package (an issue that was on the table for 30 years ), the agreement reached by the Ministers of Finance to set up a Single Supervisory Mechanism for the oversight of credit institutions as well as issues in the area of justice and home affairs.
Addressing an event at the Permanent Representation of Cyprus at the EU in Brussels, in the presence of Cyprus President Demetris Christofias, Ambassador Korneliou laid emphasis on the agreement on the SSM saying that “after fifteen hours of negotiations at the ECOFIN, the Cyprus EU Presidency managed to close a dossier on the baking union which is "another major success, one of many successes by the Cyprus Presidency”.
But the most important achievement, he said, is that Cyprus has managed to prove itself.
"We have proved that we are honest brokers and that our priority was the overall European interest", he pointed out.
Korneliou thanked President Christofias for his presence at the Permanent Representation, noting that “the President wanted to meet with the staff here, and we take this as recognition of the role of the Permanent Representation in connection with the Presidency."