25/6/2012 - Announcement for the official website of the Cyprus EU Presidency
The official website of the Cyprus EU Presidency, cy2012.eu, is set to be a fast, reliable and transparent information medium for foreign and local media, as well as for the wider public. According to the Cyprus government spokesperson, Mr. Stefanos Stefanou, the website “will constitute the main source of information and a fundamental communications medium concerning issues of the Presidency”. Mr. Stefanou presented the website to local journalists today in a press conference in Lefkosia (Nicosia), to signal its official launch.
With Cyprus assuming the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU the website was designed to reflect the demands of both the political and communications strategy that accompanied the Cyprus Presidency.
The design of the Cyprus Presidency website follows the basic design of the Danish Presidency, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU. Mr. Stefanou thanked the Danish Presidency for providing the design templates of their website and also the Polish Presidency for their advice.
The government spokesperson praised the good cooperation between the Press and Information Office (PIO), the Secretariat of the Cyprus Presidency and the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (cyta) for making the website a reality. He also thanked the companies Action Global Communications and Byte for their valuable contributions.
Cyta is the website’s platinum sponsor while its subsidiary company, Emporion Plaza was responsible for the creation and final design of the website. Cyta, who has offered its services for free, will also provide the technical support of the website.
The website is in five languages, English, Greek, Turkish, French and German, after the kind contribution of the German Embassy.
1/7/2010- Announcement for the preliminary website of the Cyprus EU Presidency
Taking over the Presidency of the European Union in the latter half of 2012 is a landmark for the Republic of Cyprus, which will be called upon to face a great challenge, both because of the size of the undertaking and because it is one of the newer members of the European family. However, it also constitutes an historic opportunity for Cyprus to contribute towards the achievement of the aims of the EU and a strategic investment in more effective participation in European proceedings.
Taking over the Presidency is a highly demanding multi-faceted and multi-dimensional task that requires the cooperation and organisation of all public servants and institutions so that they can respond successfully to the various roles and functions that Cyprus, as presiding state, will be called upon to carry out.
A preliminary website of the Cyprus EU Presidency (http:www.cy2012eu.gov.cy), one of the most important and vibrant communication tool, has been launched from 1st July 2010, in line with european standards and practices, until May 2012 when the official EU Presidency website will be launched. This site will form a source of information on the preparations currently underway in view of the great challenge of Cyprus taking over the EU Presidency in the latter half of 2012 and also information relating to Cyprus, its government, culture, etc.