Germany and France supported Greek positions, wrote the neurope.eu, considering, explains the article, that Greece is right, and submitted an amended resolution on Ukraine, while the UK, taking the opposite side, threatened with a veto for more than one hour demanding additional sanction against Russia, Greece’s Foreign Minister said Speaking after the end of the Foreign Minister’s extraordinary meeting, Nikos Kotzias, at the head of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs for only two days, also praised the negotiating ability of High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, noting that yesterdays seriously amended resolution was a result of diplomatic efforts that took place the last few days.
He noted that the Resolution was amended so that Greece is satisfied with it, mostly because it does not contain new sanctions but only extends existing ones and this only until September and not until December as was originally planned.
Minister also underlined that Greece no longer simply accepts what others in the European Union are preparing but has it’s own opinion and ideas in order to better promote the interests of both Greece and the European Union.
EU Foreign Affairs rep: Greece kept a ‘constructive and positive stance’ at Council meeting
Greece kept a constructive and positive stance, EU Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said in Brussels on Thursday following the extraordinary session of the EU Foreign Affairs Council.
Mogherini said that two days ago she had called newly-installed Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to congratulate him and discuss the agenda of today’s Council. She also expressed her satisfaction over the speedy formation of the Greek government.
She also said that at the Council, Greece’s stance was constructive and focused on retaining the EU’s unity.
She said that the “particularly positive stance” of Greece allowed the reaching of a compromise solution that was substantial and credible.
The foreign minsiters decided to extend to September the first group of sanctions on Russians and pro-Russia separatists in the Ukraine. See our Earlier story
Embargo, visas and Russian travel to Greece : a crisis, “diplomatizkaya” by all means…
Originally posted on moodhackerblog: Expectations for exclusion of the Greek exports from the Russian embargo expressed by […]
sources: Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, New Europe, sofokleous.gr
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Greece officially denied by declaration “the unsubstantiated claims of the Financial Times article published on January 28, refering on liaisons between the new Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias and the Russian professor. Aleksandr Dugin. The Article writes the bogus claim that Mr. Kotzias had invited Mr. Ntougkin to an academic event of the University of Piraeus”.
“As, also officialy, the Piraeus University, by its part, has denied such claims by a separate announcement, published by its Academic credibility and accuracy, Mr. Kotzias never invited Mr. Ntougkin for any speech, and never. as falsely stated in the article, went to Moscow to meet him.”
“The article states also falsely that an official declaration was sought by the authors, and that was denied or never made from the Greek Foreign Affairs Minister’s side”.
“We notify that the Elementary, even, level on the Ethics of Journalism requires the crossmatching, intersection and verification of facts and arguments before publication, especially of such unsubstantiated information, which succeed , though, to be reproduced on the internet and other media, creating false and unwarranted impressions”
Cyprus’ national carrier has ceased operations after an EU decision it must repay over 65m euros in illegal state aid.
The EU Commission said the Cypriot government had breached rules on support for struggling companies.
Cyprus Airways has repeatedly received aid between 2007 and 2013.
The government, which owns 93% of Cyprus Airways, had searched unsuccessfully for outside investors.
“The company has ceased being a viable entity, and cannot continue to operate,” said finance minister Harris Georgiades.
He said there would be alternative arrangements covering Cyprus Airways flights from Saturday.
The Commission undertook an in-depth investigation after the government in Nicosia approved repeated state aid packages to the airline.
Publishing the investigation’s results, the Commission was highly critical of Cyprus Airways’ restructuring plans. It said they were based on “unrealistic assumptions”, failed to address the cause of the airline’s difficulties and were taking longer to implement than EU rules permitted.
Under EU rules, struggling companies can be given aid under what the Commission terms the “one time, last time” principle.
Governments may grant a one-off tranche of aid to support a restructuring process once within a period of 10 years. The rule is intended to prevent companies becoming reliant on government support and gaining unfair advantage over rivals.
“Cyprus Airways has received large quantities of public money since 2007 but was unable to restructure and become viable without continued state support… injecting additional public money would only have prolonged the struggle without achieving a turn-around,” EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in a statement.
The Heart of Ancient Athens was selected, by other 15 European areas, to receive the European Heritage Label (EHL) out of a total of 36 sites that had been submitted for their roles in European history and the activities they have developed to highlight their European dimension.
The area consists of the Acropolis and surrounding regions that include Pnyx Hill, the Ancient and Roman agorae, Hadrian’s Library and the nearby Kerameikos Cemetery. The area reached the EHL shortlist because it is believed to have played a crucial role in the European culture and identity.
The EC will reach its formal decision by mid-February 2015.
The other 15 sites selected, include
Munster and Osnabruck of Westphalia in Germany,
Hambach Castle in Germany, t
he Archive of the Crown of Aragon in Spain,
the Residencia de Estudiantes in Spain,
the Abbey of Cluny in France,
Robert Schuman’s House in France,
the Pan-European Picnic Memorial Park in Hungary,
Museo Casa Alcide De Gasperi in Italy,
the Kaunas of 1919-1940 in Lithuania,
the Union of Lublin in Poland, the May 3, 1791 Constitution in Poland,
the historic Gdansk Shipyard in Poland,
the General Library of the University of Coimbra in Portugal,
the Charter of Law of Abolition of the death penalty in Portugal and
the Franja Partisan Hospital of Slovenia.
The labeled sites will be e integrated into the EU’s communication and promotion strategy for the European Heritage Label, thus enjoying greater visibility for their sites.
The European Heritage Label award ceremony for the 2014 sites will take place on 16 April 2015 in Brussels