Commission adopts two reports on EU aid to the Turkish Cypriot community and implementation of the Green Line regulation
The Commission adopted on 20 September 2010 the Annual Report on EU aid to the Turkish Cypriot community and on 21 September the Annual Report on the implementation of the Green Line regulation.
The aid programme aims to facilitate the reunification of Cyprus by encouraging the economic development of the Turkish Cypriot community. In the course of 2009 €181 million was contracted from the €259 million allotted in 2006. Projects focus on the economic integration of the island, on improving contacts between the two communities and with the EU, as well as on preparation for the EU's legal order. Cooperation between the two communities on the island is the key to the programme's success.
With regard to the Green Line Regulation, the overall conclusion is that it continues to provide a workable basis for allowing the passage of persons and goods to and from the government-controlled areas of the Republic of Cyprus. Control of authorised crossing points is assessed as satisfactory especially in view of the 50% fall in the number of apprehended illegal migrants. Trade fell by 17% to €5.2 million largely as a result of a poor potato harvest.
More information: Annual Report on EU aid to the Turkish Cypriot community [107 KB] and Annual Report on the implementation of the Green Line regulation [57 KB]