“We are delighted with the discussions during these meetings. They were very enlightening and took place in an honest and genuinely constructive spirit. We feel “wiser” as to what the Member States concerns and priorities are and this will help us find a consensual way forward in the negotiations,” stated Ambassador Mavroyiannis.
The Cyprus Presidency will present the outcome of the bilateral meetings at the upcoming General Affairs Council (GAC) meeting on July 24.
The outcome of the bilateral meetings will also form the basis of an ‘Issues Paper’ that will be presented and discussed at the Informal Meeting of Ministers and Deputy Ministers for European Affairs. The meeting will take place, in Lefkosia (Nicosia) on August 30 and the debate will focus exclusively on the MFF.
Negotiations on the MFF have currently revolved around the Negotiation Box; a document drafted by the Danish Presidency after discussions with the Member States. In the autumn, the Cyprus Presidency will work intensively in developing the Negotiation Box further and will cooperate closely with all competent institutions, so that an agreement is reached by the end of the year.
“We aspire to arrive at a multiannual framework by the end of the year that would be catalytic in the efforts of the EU to face successfully its challenges; a framework that would contribute towards our common aim of a Better Europe,” added Ambassador Mavroyiannis.
With aspirations set on finding an agreement on the MFF negotiations by the end of the year, the conclusion of the Cyprus Presidency-led bilateral meetings constitutes an important first step towards this target." Cyprus Presidency