Europe Direct Nicosia was very busy in 2015 with information sessions on funding opportunities and the Green Line Regulation, Saturday morning Kids Clubs, a Study in Europe Educational Fair, cycling tours, and an open-air summer Film Festival.
2016 is set to be another eventful year, during which the Centre will utilize its location in the Buffer Zone and focus on promoting the EU’s efforts to support the political, social and economic reunification of Cyprus. As such, we will be organizing a series of information sessions and debates about the Peace Process and the ongoing negotiations, which will aim to foster dialogue between citizens across the divide on a local level and individuals involved in the decision making process. Similarly, we will be organizing walking tours around the Old Town of Nicosia, which will seek to highlight sites of common heritage in the city which have been financially supported or protected by the European Union, as part of its efforts to enhance apolitical cooperation amongst all communities in Cyprus. These tours are being organized not only to introduce local citizens to the historically rich and multicultural nature of the city, but also to promote sustainable mobility and the well-being of all. We will also continue with Kids Clubs, which aim to introduce young learners to the basic concepts and values of the Union, as well as with European Film Nights, which, through screenings and panel discussions on key issues of current EU policy, will provide citizens from all walks of life with a platform to engage in thought and dialogue, supporting civic participation.
We will also continue to reach out the public at broader events such as Europe Day, Mobility Week celebrations and other civil society festivals. Europe Direct Nicosia will continue to be open 20 hours a week, providing free, user-friendly information on the EU’s programmes and priorities.