NEWSRequiring lobbyists to sign register would be nearly impossible under the EU treaties, review finds.
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Special report: The Greek presidency of the Council of the EU
Published Thursday, 12 December 2013
The Greek government takes over the presidency of the EU's Council of
Ministers in January 2014.
Permanent representative to the EU
Greece has seen some green shoots of economic growth, but the situation remains critical
Greece's last presidency of the Council of Ministers, in 2003, gave the European Union the Thessaloniki agenda for EU enlargement and a draft [...]
Minister for development, competitiveness, infrastructure, transport and networks
The Greek government faces a huge challenge when it takes over the presidency of the EU's Council of Ministers.
Greece's attitude towards Europe has changed dramatically over the past few years and for many it is no longer a symbol of modernity and progress
In Europe, Greece is unrivalled for its spending on defence as a proportion of gross domestic product (4.6% in 2011).
The Greek presidency will place extra emphasis on energy, tourism and maritime affairs
Deputy prime minister, minister for foreign affairs
Antonis Samaras, prime minister
Migration policy will be an area of priority during the presidency, not least because of Greece's own problems with unauthorised migrants
It may lack a foreign-policy strategy, but Greece has certainly thrown its weight around on some EU membership issues
With support waning, a carefully timed election in 2014 could be key for the Greek government.
Minister for administrative reform
Deputy minister for foreign affairs
The Greek government could be responsible for leading the final negotiations of the banking union
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José Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission, was in Milan on Monday to deliver a speech at the general assembly of the New Narrative for Europe – a Commission project to invite artists, writers, thinkers, scientists and “cultural practitioners” to elaborate a vision of Europe that will reconnect European citizens to the European Union.
Viviane Reding is getting bad press for her decision to cut off funding for PressEurop, a website that translates and summarises press coverage of the European Union, publishing in ten languages.
Lawyers armed with the Council of Ministers' rules of procedure were at each other's throats last week, when ambassadors discussed the Commission's proposal for a regulation on data protection.
Karel de Gucht proclaimed last week that a deal in Bali had “saved the World Trade Organization”.
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Viviane Reding, the European commissioner for justice, fundamental rights and citizenship, has accused the head of the Council's legal service of giving a political opinion on a crucial aspect of [...]
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