Charles Tannock MEP meets Andreas Mavroyiannis
5th July 2012
London MEP Dr Charles Tannock has welcomed the start of the Cyprus six-month Presidency of the EU at a difficult time economically for the Eurozone and for Cyprus banks.
Dr Tannock met Andreas Mavroyiannis, European Affairs Minister of Cyprus, for the first foreign affairs debate of Cyprus's presidency of the EU, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
As spokesman on Foreign Affairs and Human Rights for the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) Group, Dr Tannock said he was confident that the enterprising quality of Cypriots will make the Presidency a success.
Dr Tannock said: “The challenges include sorting out the EU multi annual framework budget and dealing with foreign policy challenges in the ‘Euromed’ area as well as resolving the crisis in Syria and getting Arab-Israel talks back on track.
“Cyprus is also at a critical juncture over the UN-mediated talks with the Turkish occupied north where all its friends wish for a positive breakthrough after 38 years of occupation and division.”
Mr Mavroyiannis attended the first foreign affairs debate of Cyprus's Presidency in which Dr Tannock took part.