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23.12.2016: The European Commission delivered equipment worth €1.8 million for the establishment of an animal by-products management system to improve public and animal health in the northern part of Cyprus

The equipment, provided by the European Commission, includes incinerators, specialized trucks, refrigerated containers, forklifts, loader and skips. It is for the safe collection, storage, transport and disposal of high risk animal by-products (ABP).  Properly managed ABP is key to reducing the risk of transmission of animal diseases and contaminants (such as veterinary drug residues) to humans, animals or to the environment. Prevention, control and eradication of animal diseases, including those that are transmitted to humans such as tuberculosis and brucellosis, cannot be achieved without a fully functioning ABP management system .

The Aid Programme, approved by Council Regulation 389/2006, aims to facilitate the reunification of Cyprus by encouraging the economic development of the Turkish Cypriot community with six main objectives: promotion of social and economic development; development and restructuring of infrastructure; reconciliation and confidence building; bringing the Turkish Cypriot community closer to the EU; preparation of legal texts and preparation for the implementation of the acquis following a comprehensive settlement.

13.12.2016- Three Institutions sign Joint Declaration on the EU’s legislative priorities for 2017:

Building on the European Council’s Strategic Guidelines and the 10 priorities the European Parliament gave the Juncker Commission a mandate to deliver, the Presidents of the three European Institutions agreed on a number of proposals they will give priority treatment to in the legislative process. This will ensure that the EU delivers concrete results for its citizens and addresses the most urgent challenges Europe faces today.

The Presidents of the Parliament, Council and Commission commit to streamlining the efforts of their Institutions to ensure swift legislative progress on these priority initiatives and, where possible, delivery before the end of 2017.

Giving a new boost to jobs, growth and investment – through the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI 2.0), revamped Trade Defence Instruments, the Banking Union, the Capital Markets Union, and the improvement of waste management in the circular economy;
Addressing the social dimension of the European Union – through the Youth Employment Initiative, improved social security coordination, the European Accessibility Act and the European Solidarity Corps;
Better protecting the security of our citizens – through the Entry-Exit System, Smart Borders and the European Travel Information Authorisation System (ETIAS), the control of firearms, instruments to criminalise terrorism, money laundering and terrorist financing, and the European Criminal Records Information Systems (ECRIS);
Reforming and developing our migration policy in a spirit of responsibility and solidarity – through the reform of the Common European Asylum System (including the Dublin mechanism), the Legal Migration package and the External Investment Plan to help to address the root causes of migration by enhancing investment and job creation in partner countries;
Delivering on our commitment to implement a connected Digital Single market – through the EU telecoms and copyright reforms, the Union of the 700 MHz band, preventing unjustified geo-blocking, the Audiovisual Media Services Directive and common data protection rules;
Delivering on our objective of an ambitious Energy Union and a forward looking climate change policy – through the 2030 climate and energy framework, the Paris Agreement and the Clean Energy for all Europeans package.
In addition, the three Presidents highlight four fundamental issues which need particular attention and further progress in 2017: (i) commitment to common European values, the rule of law and fundamental rights; (ii) tackling tax fraud, evasion and avoidance; (iii) preserving the principle of free movement of workers; and (iv) contributing to stability, security and peace.

 

18.11.2016- First disbursement of EU Solidarity Fund aid to reach Cyprus after the wildfires of last summer: 

After the tragic drought and wildfire of June 2016, Cyprus requested the EU Solidarity FUnd (EUSF).Today the European Commission has decided to grant Cyprus almost €730,000 from the EU Solidarity Fund (EUSF), as an advance payment

“In the wake of natural disasters, the EU Solidarity Fund is a concrete expression of European solidarity. Cyprus is set to receive a first EUSF payment following the terrible drought and forest fires of June in order to support reconstruction efforts and regenerate economic activity. This first disbursement of aid shows that we are standing side by side with Cyprus,” said Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Crețu.

The amount of this advance was calculated on the basis of the preliminary assessment of the application received from Cyprus on 5 September, which found that the financial contribution from the EUSF was likely to amount to almost €7.3 million. In accordance with EUSF rules, the advance payment amounts to 10% of this sum. Once it has completed the assessment of the application, the Commission will propose a definitive amount of aid, to be approved by the European Parliament and the Council.

29.06.2016 – Joint statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Johannes Hahn on the attack at Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport

Turkey has suffered another tragic terrorist attack, this time at Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport. The attack has killed at least 36 people and injured many others. We extend our sincere condolences to the families and friends of all those killed and wish a speedy recovery to the injured. The European Union reiterates once again its continuing solidarity to Turkey, its government and its people and reaffirms its commitment to work closely together to fight the global threat of terrorism in all its forms.

17.02.2016 – ‘Task Force for the Turkish Cypriot Community’ under the direct management of President Juncker and Vice-President Dombrovskis

The European Commission has decided to transfer the ‘Task Force for the Turkish Cypriot Community’, the Commission’s team in charge of the application of the EU Aid Programme for the Turkish Cypriot Community and of assisting the Turkish Cypriot to prepare for the reunification of Cyprus, to the Secretariat General’s Structural Reform Support Service (SRSS) which will coordinate all the Commission’s efforts in facilitating the process for the reunification of Cyprus. The decision takes effect immediately and underlines the Commission’s readiness to continue supporting actively the process at all levels. The ‘Task Force for the Turkish Cypriot Community’ was set up in 2004 and was part, as from 2014, of Directorate-General for Regional Policy.

08.02.2016 – EU Scholarship Programme for Turkish Cypriot Community Launched

The EU Scholarship Programme for the Turkish Cypriot Community is now open for the academic year 2016-2017! In line with the objective of bringing the Turkish Cypriot community closer to the European Union, the European Commission will award scholarship grants to Turkish Cypriot students, graduates, and professionals in the northern part of Cyprus in order to offer them additional educational opportunities by raising their knowledge and/or increasing their skills in a specific field, and to broaden their experience of studying and working in the European Union.

The deadline for applications is 28th March 2016. For further information please visit the AB Burs website.

22.01.2016 – VP Mogherini, Commissioners Hahn and Stylianides to visit Turkey

This weekend an official visit to Turkey will be made by EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini,  Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, and Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides. Along with meetings in Ankara with political officials and civil society representatives which will be focused on common challenges ahead, visits will also be made to the South East of Turkey, as well as to EU-funded humanitarian aid projects assisting mainly refugees from Syria and Iraq.

08.01.2016 – Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič to Visit Cyprus

The University of Cyprus and the Representation of the European Commission in Cyprus have the pleasure of inviting you to an open citizens’ dialogue with Mr Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Energy Union.

Monday 11 January | 18:00 | Lecture hall B108, “Anastasios G. Leventis” University House, at the University Campus (1 Panepistimiou Avenue, 2109, Aglantzia)
Information: email events@ucy.ac.cy, tel. 22894305
RSVP (autoreply machine): tel. 22894333

10.12.2015 – European Parliament Office to Host Roundtable Discussion on Federalism in the EU

The European Parliament Office in Cyprus cordially invites you a roundtable discussion on “Federal States in the EU: Challenges and Opportunities”. RSVP by 16th December to epnicosia-events@europarl.europa.eu
The discussion will be held on Monday 21st December 2015, from 11:00, at the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce – Kıbrıs Türk Ticaret Odası. For more information, visit the Facebook event page here.

09.12.2015 – Two Upcoming Public Discussions at EU House

The European Commission in Cyprus and the Association for Social Reform (OPEK) invite you to two public discussions entitled “A United Cyprus is Feasible” with Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot political leaders.
Tuesday 15th December 2015 | 18:30 | EU House
Averof Neophytou, President of the Democratic Rally (DISY)
Mehmet Ali Talat, President of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP)

Thursday 14 January 2016 | 18.30 | EU House
Andros Kyprianou, Secretary General of AKEL
Cemal Özyiğit, President of the Social Democratic Party (TDP)

There will be simultaneous interpretation in Greek/Turkish/English and question and answer sessions.Space are limited, so RSVP! email: comm-rep-cy@ec.europa.eu

02.12.2015 – EC Proposes European Accessibility Act

The European Commission today proposed a European Accessibility Act, which will set common accessibility requirements for certain key products and services that will help people with disabilities at EU level to participate fully in society.
Products include ATMs and banking services, PCs, telephones and TV equipment, telephony and audiovisual services, transport, e-books and e-commerce. Read more here.

29.11.2015 – Meeting of heads of state or government with Turkey – EU-Turkey statement

Today the Leaders of the European Union met in Brussels with their Turkish counterpart. Turkey has been a candidate since 1999 and negotiating for accession since 2005. Turkey and the EU discussed the importance of overcoming the common challenges ahead. In line with the conclusions of the European Council of 15 October, they agreed that the accession process needs to be re-energized. They are committed to carry further their existing ties and solidarity and adopt result-oriented action to prepare their common future. They are determined to confront and surmount the existing risks and threats in a concerted manner to reinforce the European Project. Recalling the final declaration of the last G20 in Antalya, as well as the 2249 UNSC resolution, Turkey and the EU reaffirm that the fight against terrorism remains a priority. Read the full statement here.

18.11.2015 – European Commission Representation to hold Youth Employment Workshops

Don’t miss out on the workshops being held by the European Commission in Cyprus to improve youngsters’ chances in the job market! From 9-12 December at EU House.

Young people who are currently registered as unemployed at the RoC Public Employment Services will have the opportunity to take part in a series of 3 workshops, which will focus on one of the following topics:
1) Strengthening core employability skills, such as improving the presentation of CVs;
2) Enhancing an entrepreneurial spirit and mind set with a view to encouraging young people to start their own business and
3) Boosting digital skills and digital entrepreneurship.
Participants will also be informed about the employment schemes and opportunities available to them in Cyprus and across the EU. All workshops will be conducted in Greek. Click here for more information.

14.10.2015 – European Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Cretu to Cyprus on 15-16th October

Speaking ahead of the visit, Commissioner Crețu said: “This visit focuses on what Cohesion Policy can achieve in the Republic of Cyprus in terms of growth and job creation.”
During her visit, the Commissioner will meet Minister of Defence Christoforos Fokaides (in his capacity as Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs), Minister of Finance Harris Georgiades and Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment Nikos Kouyialis. Accompanied by the Mayor of Nicosia Constantinos Yiorkadjis, Commissioner Crețu will also tour the Taht-el-Kale area of Nicosia where extensive restoration works have taken place with EU financial support.
Commissioner Crețu is also due to meet Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akıncı and civil society representatives from the Turkish Cypriot community. In the northern part of Nicosia, accompanied by Mr Mehmet Harmanci, the Commissioner will visit the Bedesten (St Nicholas Church) and the Bandabulya old market which have been restored with funding from the EU’s aid programme for the Turkish Cypriot community.

09.10.2015 – Take part in an EU Public Consultation on Citizen’s Rights

Want to put forward your views forward for the EU policy agenda for the next years? Interested in helping to shape the future of Europe? Take part in an EU public consultation on citizens’ rights. The consultation is available online in all official languages until 7 December 2015 here.
European citizens have a number of important rights attached to their EU citizenship status, such as the right to move and reside freely in the EU; or the right to vote and stand as a candidate in European and municipal elections in another EU country where they live, under the same conditions as citizens of that country.

1-2.10.2015 – European Commission holds Colloquium on combatting antisemitism and anti-Muslim hatred

Looking ahead to the Colloquium, First Vice-President Frans Timmermans said: “European society is going through a period of turmoil and crisis which is challenging the very values on which our Union is built…Our collective responsibility to live together in tolerance and respect is particularly important at a time when we have a moral obligation to give refuge to people of various religions and cultures who arrive on our shores. Diversity must never be seen as a threat. It is our common responsibility to create and nurture an inclusive society.”
Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Věra Jourová added: “This Colloquium is about sharing concrete experiences and ideas from across the EU, and deciding how we will move forward together. Hate speech has no place in our society – whether physically or online.”

17.09.2015 – Statement by Commissioner Creţu following her meeting with Fikri Toros, President of the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce and Phidias Pilides, President of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Yesterday in Brussels I met with Mr Phidias Pilides, President of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Mr Fikri Toros, President of the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce.
It was the occasion for me to thank them both for their active involvement in achieving a Cyprus settlement, through economic activities. As Commissioner for Regional Policy, my mandate is to encourage Turkish Cypriot economic development and to promote contacts between the communities. I want to honour what Mr Toros and Mr Pilides have done to build mutual trust and do business together beyond dividing lines.
I encouraged the Cypriot Chambers to continue working on facilitating trade across the Green Line, as I am convinced that the economy can be a driver of peace; I believe the economic development of the Turkish Cypriot community is crucial for the reunification of Cyprus.
The Commission enabled the trade of products over the Green Line by putting forward the Regulation on Green Line Trade in 2004. Since then, the Commission successfully facilitated the trading of additional products over the Green Line and has been involved in helping the two Cypriot communities to remove remaining obstacles to trade.
I assured Mr Toros and Mr Pilides of both my personal support and the Commission’s support. The Commission’s Aid Programme for the Turkish Cypriot community supports the two Cypriot Chambers through a €250,000 project which aims to promote dialogue and cooperation between civil society and business over the Green Line.
Since 2006, we have made available some €370 million under this Aid Programme, in order to improve the quality of the Turkish Cypriots’ everyday life.
The programme promotes the economic and social development of the area, through the support to local entrepreneurs, farmers or students. It helps developing and restructuring vital infrastructures and prepares the Turkish Cypriot community for the implementation of the EU body of laws in the perspective of the reunification of Cyprus.
I encouraged them to continue setting the right example. On my side, I will go to Cyprus in October, in order to show my commitment to support a Cyprus settlement.

09.09.2015 – Official Inauguration of Europe Direct Nicosia

EDIC Nicosia was officially inaugurated on Wednesday 9th September 2015 with the attendance of many local community members and media representatives. Following a welcome speech by the Head of the European Commission Representation in Cyprus, Mr. Georgios Markopouliotis, there were keynote addresses from the two Mayors of Nicosia, Mr. Constantinos Yiorkadjis and Mr. Mehmet Harmancı. Following a presentation about EDIC’s services as an information centre and details about past and upcoming activities, there was a delightful performance by the Bicommunal Choir for Peace. The inauguration was concluded with a cocktail reception.

24.07.2015 – Ms. Federica Mogherini’s visit to the H4C

Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, visited the Home For Cooperation, the residences of Europe Direct Nicosia, on the 24th July to meet with civil society representatives and youth. In her closing remarks, Ms. Mogherini states that: “…these exchanges give me a sense of the society you’re living in and I know the extremely valuable work you are doing to put divisions aside.”

16.07.2015 – President Juncker visits Nicosia

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will travel to Cyprus this week (Thursday 16 July and Friday 17 July) at the invitation of President Nikos Anastasiades. It will be President Juncker’s first visit official to the island since becoming President of the European Commission. The President will be accompanied by the Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides.

07.07.2015 – Young Greek and Turkish Cypriot CMP scientists working together

On 1 July the European Commission organised an event to mark the important contribution by the European Union to the Committee on the Missing Persons (CMP) in Cyprus as well as to acknowledge the importance of the work carried out by the young Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot scientists working for the CMP.
The Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) was established in April 1981 by agreement between the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities under the auspices of the United Nations. This bi-communal committee has the mandate to establish the fate of missing persons without attributing any responsibility for the cause of death.

In order to further improve the trust between the two communities, the project aims to increasingly involve the families of the missing persons in the implementation, adding events all over Cyprus and abroad to the information sessions already carried out in schools.

Updated information about the project can be found on the website.

13.06.2015 – Europe Day and Green Week celebrated in Selimiye Square

On Saturday the 13th June EDIC Nicosia joined NGOs and Embassies to take part in AB Bilgi Merkezi‘s Europe Day and Green Week Fair. We had a lovely day meeting local members of civil society and sharing information about EU policies, with the youngest members of the community, whom we would like to thank for their help in running the stall!

06.06.2015 – EDIC, Nicosia attends Cyprus’ 2nd Annual Pride

The European Commission in Cyprus and Europe Direct Information Centre, Nicosia were honoured to take part in the PRIDE celebrations on Saturday 6th June 2015. We were joined by many members of the public and heard from key figures.

04.06.2015 – Statements from press point after meeting between Martin Schulz and Espen Barth Eide, the UN Secretary General’s special adviser on ‪Cyprus

Martin Schulz – European Parliament President

“Our estimation for the next necessary steps and the possibilities to come to a constructive solution in the foreseeable time… I would use one word: Hope. For the first time in a long time there is hope that we will come to a solution. It is not yet done, there is still a lot to do, there are still a lot of problems ahead, but there is the option for a constructive solution. It’s the first time in a long time that there’s a real chance. Whatever the EP can do within the framework of the European institutions, we will do.”

Espen Barth Eide
“Much more important than what I think, the leaders Νίκος Αναστασιάδης (Nicos Anastasiades) and Mustafa Akıncı are working hard for a just solution. I feel on a daily basis their commitment to do so. This is the moment. We either use this moment well or there will be big disappointment again. I am here with the message of strong opportunity and strong hope. This is not only a Cyprus issue but a European issue at its very heart.” Watch it here.

03.06.2015 – Green Line Trade Remains at a Low Level

The European Commission adopted its Annual Report on the implementation of the Green Line Regulation yesterday. During 2014, the crossing of persons increased by 17%. This is a positive development. The control of the crossing points by the authorities of the Republic of Cyprus was assessed as satisfactory. Irregular migration across the Green Line continued to slightly decrease against the overall European trend. Trade across the Green Line reached around €3.5 million compared to € 3.4 million the previous year. Despite this slight increase, it remained at a low level. The Commission stays concerned by this low level and will therefore continue to seek ways to enhance trade across the Green Line since this can play a positive role towards reunification. Full report here.

20.05.2015 – AB Bilgi Merkezi to Host Film Screening of ‘Almanya – Welcome to Germany’

Europe Day celebrations continue with a film screening at the EU Infopoint on May 20th – 6:30pm. There will be also a debate session on freedom of movement with specialist Kristine Dupate, Don’t forget to reserve your seat!
LCV/RSVP: Derya Tangül email: info@abbilgi.eu Tel: 228 2577
https://www.facebook.com/events/664417627035264/

14.05.2015 – European Commission’s new Migration Agenda

“Thousands of migrants have been putting their lives in peril to cross the Mediterranean and it has become clear that no Member State can effectively address migration alone.
This Agenda thus seeks to provide a European response, using all policies and tools at our disposal by combining internal and external policies and by involving all actors: Member States, EU institutions, International Organisations, civil society, local authorities and third countries”

To read more, click here.

16.04.2015 – Europe Direct Nicosia to hold ‘Understanding the Green Line Regulation Event’

Date: Wednesday, 22nd March
Time: 16:00-17:00
Venue: Home For Cooperation

This is the first in the series of information sessions on the Green Line Regulation. These information sessions will be held with the support of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce and will be designed in accordance with the needs of individuals and companies. They will provide participants with the opportunity to ask questions. It is hoped that the sessions will provide a platform encouraging further collaboration and cooperation in regards to trade across the Green Line, and in doing so, provide a positive impact on the growth of the economy and on inter-communal relations.

The event is free and open to all. Spaces are limited so please RSVP to europedirectnicosia@home4cooperation.info.

30.03.2015 – EU AID PROGRAMME FOR THE TURKISH CYPRIOT COMMUNITY: EU Support to Innovation and Education and to the Promotion of Employability

The European Commission launched today a EUR 1,5 million call for proposals promoting innovation and change in schools and the improvement of employability in the Turkish Cypriot community.

The sixth “Innovation and Change in Education” Grant Scheme targets these objectives by:

supporting the improvement of quality and efficiency in education and training and the promotion of equity, social cohesion and active citizenship; and

promoting lifelong learning and activities enhancing entrepreneurship.

The call represents a unique opportunity for a number of organisations such as pre-primary, secondary schools and the teachers training academy in the northern-part of Cyprus to submit projects to promote innovation and change in education. These organisations can propose projects between EUR 30,000 to EUR 100,000 for a two to three years implementation period.

For the first time, the call will also be open to life long learning organisations such as chambers, associations, unions to promote entrepreneurship and skills development. Those organisations can propose projects between EUR 50,000 and EUR 200,000 for a two to three years implementation period as well.

The full guidelines for applicants and the application package are available for consultation and downloading on the following internet site under the reference EuropeAid/136955/DH/ACT/CY: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/europeaid/online-services/index.cfm?do=publi.welcome

The deadline for submission of proposals is 24 June 2015, 16:00 Cyprus time.
A launch event for this call will be held on 24 March 2015 at 15:00 in the Bedestan in the northern part of the walled city of Nicosia. Interested stakeholders are invited to attend.

Training on project cycle management as well as a series of information sessions on the application process will be organised in April 2015.

This initiative is funded under the EU Aid Programme for the Turkish Cypriot community and implemented by the European Commission.
Contact persons for the “Innovation and Change in Education VI” Grant Scheme:
Berna Berberoglu and Caroline Enegren at REGIO-TFTCC-SCHOOLS@ec.europa.eu

24.03.2015 – Vice President Jyrki Katainen Visits Nicosia

On Monday, 23rd of March, European Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen, responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness visited Cyprus as part of his roadshow to promote the European Investment Plan. Katainen met with the president of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades and Minister of Finance Harris Georgiades as well as the President of the House of Representatives Yiannakis Omirou and Members of the Cypriot Parliament. After a press conference at the EU House, he held a citizens’ dialogue with students at the University of Cyprus on the future of Europe. He also visited the Cyprus Institute, a research and post-graduate education institution with a focus on science and technology, whose vision is to help transform Cyprus into a knowledge-based economy with the support of EU funds.

20.03.2015 – Europe Direct Nicosia to hold first event: De-mistyfying Erasmus+

On Thursday, 19th March EDIC, Nicosia held its first of a series of four information sessions on EU funding opportunities. NGO Support Centre’s Nadia Karayianni gave an extremely insightful presentation on the opportunities offered by Erasmus+, as well as a highly useful step-by-step guide to the application process. The event took place in the conference room of the Home for Cooperation and was well attended by NGO representatives and individuals alike. We would like to thank everyone who participated and look forward to welcoming members of civil society to EDIC, Nicosia again soon. Details of the upcoming information sessions will be announced within the coming weeks via this website and our social network pages.

19.02.2015 – MEMO – European Commission grants €1 million of additional emergency funding to Cyprus to address the mass arrival of Syrian nationals

The European Commission has awarded an amount of €0.98 million in emergency funding from the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) to Cyprus to support the country in providing accommodation, every day basic needs and medical care to the almost 400 Syrian nationals rescued in Cyprus’ territorial waters in September last year.

Visit: http://ec.europa.eu/cyprus/news/20150219_en.htm