The island of Cyprus stands at a cross-road in the Eastern Mediterranean, where Europe, Africa and Asia meet. For this reason, it has been sought after and invaded over the centuries by all kinds of peoples seeking to make this fertile, sun-blessed and bountiful island their own. Who can blame them? Where else in the world can you find such golden beaches and secluded coves, resin-scented forests of dazzling green, impenetrable, wild mountain ranges, picturesque villages - all brought together in such a limited space? Where else in the world can you lie on the beach in early March and go skiing in the mountains 30 minutes later?
The Presidency of the Council of the European Union rotates among its member states every six months. During the second half of 2012 Cyprus will take over the Presidency as from July 1st 2012.
Despite the challenges that holding the Presidency presents, Cyprus aspires to rise to the expectations that the role entails and also to influence and assist substantially in furthering EU ideals and enhancing the profile of the Union internationally. Cyprus is strongly committed to acting fairly and to ensuring outcomes that conform to the spirit of cooperation in which the EU was conceived.