Greece assumes Presidency of the Council of the European Union
Greece formally took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from Lithuania last night in a ceremony at the Megaron Athens Concert Hall. The presidency is held by a government/country for six months and in July Greece will be replaced by Italy.
You can find out more at the dedicated presidency website here.
There were some protests outside the venue by left wing activists. Greece, in this official role, will be involved in the organisation of the elections to the European Parliament (EP) which will be held across the 28 member states of the European Union (EU) between 22nd and 25th May 2014.