Cyprus: Commission allocates €31.7 million to the Turkish Cypriot community under the 2023 Aid Programme

Daily News 12 / 09 / 2023

Economia - pubblicata il 19 Settembre 2023

Source: European Commission Spokesperson’s Service



Today, the Commission has adopted the 2023 Annual Action Programme for the Turkish Cypriot community, allocating €31.7 million to the community, aiming to facilitate the reunification of Cyprus.

The Programme offers wide-ranging EU support, including tailored measures to help Turkish Cypriots meet the standards under the Halloumi/Hellim package before the end of 2024. The programme will continue to support trade across the Green Line and ensure compliance with EU product and production standards, including in the area of product safety. Specialised testing equipment will be made available for this purpose.

To build confidence between the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot communities, the programme will continue to provide substantial financing to the Committee on Missing Persons and the bi-communal Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage. Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot high school students will be offered support to jointly attend the United World Colleges (UWC) as part of the bi-communal scholarship programme. Civil society organisations will receive grants to foster human rights, active citizenship and reconciliation.

In line with efforts to meet the European Green Deal priorities across the island, the programme will further promote energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives.

Between 2006 and 2023, €688 million have been allocated for projects under the Aid Programme.

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