Brussels, 22 November 2012
Renewed EU support to economic development of the Turkish Cypriot community
Today the European Commission approved new financial assistance for the Turkish Cypriot community. The €27.2 million programme will focus on promoting the economic integration of the island, with the overall objective to help prepare for its reunification.
The funds will support a wide range of sectors, including eradication of animal diseases, protection of the environment, road safety, cultural heritage and civil society. Students, teachers and NGOs will be among the main beneficiaries of the programme.
Štefan Füle, EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, commented: "This new funding reflects the firm commitment of the European Union to the economic integration of the Turkish Cypriot community; through dialogue and mutual enrichment between the two communities we are continuing the support for the future reunification of the island".
The European Union has invested to date more than €320 million under the Aid Programme for the Turkish Cypriot community. Earlier this year a specific allocation of €800,000 had already been approved to fund the EU Scholarship Programme for the academic year 2012/2013.
Since its launch in 2006, the European Union has allocated more than €320 million to assist the Turkish Cypriot community. The EU Aid Programme has brought tangible benefits to the Turkish Cypriots, bringing them closer to the EU. Here are some examples of successful projects.
Through its support to reconciliation, confidence building measures and bi-communal cooperation, the EU's contribution plays a key role supporting the on-going peace process:
The Aid Programme is also playing an important role in upgrading infrastructure as well as supporting economic and social development and improving standards in many areas in line with the EU acquis in order to support a smooth implementation of a comprehensive settlement once agreed by the Cypriots:
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Aid programme for the Turkish Cypriot Community: