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Cyprus & the European Union


EU presidency
As of July 1, the Republic of Cyprus assumed the rotating European Council presidency for six months for the first time since joining the block in 2004. The official ceremony took place in the ancient theatre at Curium which is among Cyprus’s most spectacular sites. Quoting from the official website of Cyprus EU presidency, program and priorities are:
During its Presidency, Cyprus will work towards a Better Europe, more relevant to its citizens and to the world; meaning a more effective Europe, contributing to growth and job creation. A European Union working on the basis of the underlying principle of solidarity, committing itself to a better future, promoting social cohesion and providing hope to its citizens; a European Union, with an enhanced role in the international scene.  All efforts will be directed to bequeath a better Europe to the younger generations.
The priorities of the Cyprus Presidency are:

  1. Europe, more efficient and sustainable
  2. Europe, with a better performing and growth economy
  3. Europe, more relevant to its citizens, with solidarity and social cohesion
  4. Europe in the world, closer to its neighbours

More information regarding Cyprus EU presidency available at: www.cy2012.eu/en/page/home

Cyprus entry into the EU
The bilateral relations between the EU and Cyprus began with the signing of an Association Agreement in December 1972 which was complemented by a Protocol concluded in 1987. This Agreement contained arrangements on trade and customs matters and constituted the legal framework for EU-Cyprus relations until the entry into force of the Accession Treaty on 01 May 2004. Cyprus then became a member of the EU. The Agreement was supplemented by four Financial Protocols concerning financial and technical co-operation.
The Republic of Cyprus applied for membership to the EU in July 1990. The European Council of 1993 in Luxembourg invited the Commission to open substantive discussions with the Government of Cyprus to help it to prepare for the accession negotiations.
In 1995, the General Affairs Council reaffirmed the suitability of Cyprus for accession to the European Union and confirmed the Union's will to incorporate Cyprus in the next stage of its enlargement. The Council considered that accession negotiations should start on the basis of Commission proposals six months after the conclusion of the 1996 Intergovernmental Conference.
The conclusions of the European Council of Luxembourg in 1997 stated that the accession of Cyprus should benefit all communities and help to bring about civil peace and reconciliation.
The European Council of Copenhagen decided that, in the absence of a settlement, the application of the acquis to the non government controlled areas would be suspended, until the Council decides unanimously otherwise, on the basis of a proposal by the Commission. Meanwhile, the Council invited the Commission, in consultation with the government of Cyprus, to consider ways of promoting economic development of the northern part of Cyprus and bringing it closer to the Union. The programme was launched in June 2003.
The results of the negotiations on all 31 chapters of the acquis were incorporated into the Accession Treaty.
The Commission delivered its opinion on 19 February and submitted the Treaty to the European Parliament which gave its assent on 9 April. The Accession Treaty was signed in Athens on 16 April 2003. Cyprus ratified the Treaty in July 2003. Cyprus became a Member State on 01 May 2004.
[Article derived from the EU Representative in Cyprus]

Europe Direct
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Europe Direct Centres in Cyprus
There are two Europe Direct Centres in Cyprus, one in Larnaca and one in Paphos.

Europe Direct Larnaca
Contact person: Ms Myrto Katsouri
Address: Filiou Tsigaridi | 6300 Larnaca | PO Box 40045
Tel: +357 24 62 09 93 | Fax: +357 24 62 09 93
Email: europedirectlarnaca@cytanet.com.cy | www.eudirectlarnaca.eu

Europe Direct Paphos
Contact person: Ms Irena Zavrou
Address: Palia Ilektriki | Vladimirou Iracleous 8 | 8010 Paphos
Tel: +357 26 93 55 00 | Fax: +357 26 91 10 32
Email: europe.direct@pafos.org.cy | www.pafoseuropedirect.eu

More information
Europe Direct Central Service Contact Line: 00800 6 7 8 9 10 11

Coordinator of the Europe Direct Network in Cyprus:
Nikolaos Tsiamis
Email: nikolaos.tsiamis@ec.europa.eu


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