The Representation of the European Commission in Cyprus opened on 1 May 2004, the day the Republic acceded to the European Union.
The European Commission has a Representation in each of the 28 EU Member States. The Representations form part of the Directorate General for Communication (known as DG COMM in Euro-jargon). We are located at the European Union House, 30 Byron Avenue, Nicosia.
Georgios Markopouliotis - Head of European Commission Representation in Cyprus
We are the Commission’s voice in Cyprus and we aim to communicate EU affairs at both national and local levels. To this end, the Representation team has the following functions:
- Providing information on European affairs both to the media and to the general public. The Representation keeps national and local media up to date with developments in Brussels and is an important contact point for journalists.
- Providing the general public with free access to information about the Commission and the European Union through publications and educational visits. Information officers are on hand to deal with specific queries.
- Distributing a monthly electronic newsletter with news of recent developments at EU level and an agenda of upcoming events.
- Supporting a countrywide network of EU information providers such as Europe Direct relays in Larnaca and Pafos, local libraries, universities and other various information centres.
- Gathering information and keeping the Commission in Brussels informed of various political, social and economic developments in Cyprus. As part of our expanding listening function, the Representation will conduct public consultations on various ideas that the Commission is developing. We want to ensure that citizens’ voices are heard in the corridors of power in Brussels.