http://www.cy2012eu.gov.cy/cyppresidency/cyppresidency.nsf/title_en.gifThe President of the Republic, Mr Demetris Christofias, appointed yesterday the journalist, Mr Costas Yennaris, to the position of the Spokesperson of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Government Spokesman, Mr Stefanos Stefanou, said yesterday.
In statements to the press, yesterday afternoon, at the Presidential Palace, Mr Stefanou announced that “the President of the Republic, Mr Demetris Christofias, appointed today the journalist, Mr Costas Yennaris, as the Spokesperson of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
The duties of the Spokesperson of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the European Union include the briefing of the European officials and journalists who will visit Cyprus during the Presidency, as well as the briefing of the Cypriot journalists, on issues regarding the Presidency of the EU.
The subject of his duties is the development of public relations for the promotion of the Cyprus Presidency both in Cyprus and abroad.
The appointment of Mr Costas Yennaris starts today, 1 June 2012, and terminates on 31 January 2013”.
Presiding the Council of the EU

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