Sélecteur de langues
Brussels, 17th February 2005
Green Line Regulation: Commission welcomes Council adoption of measures that further facilitate trade across the Green Line in Cyprus
The European Commission has welcomed the adoption by the EU's Council of its proposals to improve the so-called Green Line Regulation which would further facilitate the movement of goods and persons across the Green Line, thus contributing to the integration of the island.
"Building bridges between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot community over the Green Line is essential for the reconciliation on Cyprus and helpful for creating a positive political climate which would open the way for a comprehensive settlement on the island," commented Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn. “I welcome the agreement on the amendments of the Green Line Regulation and on the willingness to open two new crossing points at Zodia and Ledra Street, since these measures contribute to the integration of the island. In this context I call on the Member States to make progress on the Trade and Aid measures proposed by the Commission in July last year, which aim at putting an end to the isolation of the Turkish Cypriot community."
The amended Green Line Regulation adopted today brings about a number of improvements:
The Commission also noted with satisfaction the progress made towards the opening of two new crossing points, Zodia and Ledra Street in the heart of old Nicosia. Under the EU sponsored de-mining programme for the Buffer Zone, mine clearing in the Zodia area has already started. This is an important step towards the actual realisation of this crossing point.
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Council adopted a Regulation (866/2004) on a regime under