The Representation of the European Commission in Cyprus together with the Visits Unit of DG Communication of the European Commission is organizing at least twice per year, information visits to Brussels for national, regional and local parliaments / governments, journalists, business associations, public and private-sector professionals, trade unions, academia and postgraduate students.
The aim of the visits is to acquaint the participants with the European Union's institutions, namely the Commission, Council, Parliament, European Economic and Social Committee and Committee of the Regions. Main focus is given to the European integration and citizen's rights. Presentations on the various initiatives of the European Union are given to the participants who will have the opportunity to network and create bonds between themselves as well as with officials of the EU institutions who will be attending the meetings for possible future collaboration.
The costs of the visit are covered by the European Commission. These include the flight ticket, accommodation, transportation in Brussels from and to the airport and the meeting places and certain meals.
In 2017, four Info Visits took place: one for young entrepreneurs, one for members of environmental NGOs, one for primary and secondary school teachers and one for the winners of a competition organised on the occasion of the European Day of Languages.
The groups are composed of 25 – 30 persons and the Representation, when choosing the participants, is committed to ensuring a bi-communal dimension for the visits and having a diversity of participants from both Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities.
In 2018, the Representation organised a visit for Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot journalists in May 2018 and a visit for young people involved in civil society in November 2019.
In the framework of information visits organised by the European Commission Representation, leaders of student political groups from all the universities of Cyprus visited Brussels (8-11 January 2019) for meetings with the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council. The visit was organised with the collaboration of the European Parliament Office in Cyprus, also in view of the European elections of 2019.