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Cyprus in co-presidency of the EU … from 1 January.

(BRUSSELS2) Cyprus at the head of certain “defense” working groups from January 1, 2012. It is a reality. The small Mediterranean island will take over the presidency of the EU on July 1. But in advance, she will chair certain “defense” working groups from January 1. Denmark, which is in action from January 1, benefits from an opt-out in terms of European defense. Cyprus will thus notably chair the Athena working group – which deals with the financing of military operations – as well as the working group on military capabilities. The other main working groups are chaired by a representative from Catherine Ashton or the European External Action Service (EEAS).

This will not help matters with the Turks who had promised not to maintain relations with the EU when Cyprus has the presidency. Turkey which is participating in an EU military operation, particularly in Bosnia-Herzegovina where it is contributing significantly to Operation Althea.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).