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Cyprus - Transport


Short-term priorities

  • align maritime transport legislation and enforce safety standards;
  • adopt an action plan for monitoring classification societies and improve the performance of the register of ships flying the Cypriot flag.

Assessment (November 2001)

Cyprus has noticeably improved its safety check performance. Detention rates in foreign ports and accidents at sea have been greatly reduced. An action plan for merchant ships has been implemented, including checks on classification societies.

Assessment (October 2002)

Cyprus has continued to align its road transport legislation. However, urgent action is needed to implement maritime transport legislation.

Assessment (November 2003)

Please refer to the fact sheets on the adoption of the Community acquis.

Medium-term priorities

  • complete alignment and implement legislation relating to transport by road, sea and air (especially aviation safety and air traffic management).

Assessment (November 2001)

Harmonisation has been completed with regard to road transport legislation on taxation, access to the profession, technical requirements for vehicles, the collection of statistics, cooperation between the public authorities and the road transport industry, dimensions and maximum weights, and speed limits. Nevertheless, Cyprus needs to continue transposing the acquis on the transport of dangerous goods, and carry on with preparatory work for the adoption of a new law on air transport.

Assessment (October 2002)

Cyprus has achieved progress in strengthening the administrative capacity of the Department of Merchant Shipping. However, it needs to sustain its efforts to have the Cypriot flag removed from the blacklist of the Paris Memorandum of Understanding.

In aviation, particularly air safety, the measures figuring in the Action Plan have been implemented.

Assessment (November 2003)

Please refer to the fact sheets on the adoption of the Community acquis.

Following the signing of the Accession Treaty on 16 April 2003, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia acceded to the European Union on 1 May 2004.


Decision 2000/248/EC of 20.03.2000
Official Journal L 78 of 29.03.2000

Commission Report COM(2001) 700 final - SEC(2001) 1745
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2002) 700 final - SEC(2002) 1401
Not published in the Official Journal

Commission Report COM(2003) 675 final - SEC(2003) 1202
Not published in the Official Journal

Treaty of Accession to the European Union [Official Journal L 236, 23.09.2003]

This summary is for information only and is not designed to interpret or replace the reference document.

Last updated: 19.11.2004
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