Goal

Cyprus joined the EU in 2004 as a de-facto divided island. On 26 April 2004 the Council of the European Union stated its determination to "put an end to the isolation of the Turkish Cypriot community and to facilitate the reunification of Cyprus by encouraging the economic development of the Turkish Cypriot community".

Against this background, the Commission implements an aid programme for the Turkish Cypriot community based on the Aid Regulation (Regulation (EC) No 389/2006). The programme is managed by the Commission's Directorate-General for Structural Reform Support .

EU Aid Programme for the Turkish Cypriot community

The programme aims to facilitate the reunification of Cyprus by encouraging the economic development of the Turkish Cypriot community, with particular emphasis on:

  • the economic integration of the island
  • improving contacts between the two communities and with the EU
  • the preparation for the EU body of laws (also referred to as the EU acquis) following a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus issue.

In the period 2006-2018, the EU allocated nearly EUR 520 million to projects in support of the Turkish Cypriot community.

Specific programme objectives

  • promote social and economic development in the Turkish Cypriot community
  • develop and refurbish infrastructure
  • foster reconciliation, build confidence and support civil society
  • bring the Turkish Cypriot community closer to the EU, through information and contacts between Turkish Cypriots and other EU citizens
  • help the Turkish Cypriot community prepare for the implementation of EU law once a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus issue is agreed

The Directorate-General for Structural Reform Support runs a Programme Support Office (EUPSO), in the northern part of Nicosia, to act as a contact with the beneficiary community and to help deliver the assistance.

Examples of funding recipients

Since 2006, the European Union has been supporting the social and economic development of the Turkish Cypriot community, including the improvement of the economic conditions and quality of life in rural areas. Watch the videos below (on YouTube) to learn about the stories of some of the beneficiaries.

EU Aid Programme in Angolemi / Angolem

EU Aid Programme in Angolemi / Αγγολέμι / Angolem

This is the story of one of the beneficiaries of the EU funded support in Angolemi / Αγγολέμι / Angolem.

Culture and Art House

Culture and Art House / Σπίτι του πολιτισμού και της τέχνης/Kültür ve Sanat Evi

This is the story of one of the beneficiaries of the EU funded support in Kiados / Çatoz / Serdarlı.

Improving Dairy Production

Improving Dairy Production / Βελτίωση της παραγωγής γάλακτος / Süt Üretiminin İyileştirilmesi

This is the story of one of the beneficiaries of the EU funded support in Louroukina / Lurucina / Akıncılar.

Since 2006, the European Union has been supporting the social and economic development of the Turkish Cypriot community, including the improvement of the economic conditions and quality of life in rural areas. Watch the videos below (on YouTube) to learn about the stories of some of the beneficiaries.

Education to boost skills

To pave the way for reunification, the Aid Programme aims to bring the two communities in Cyprus more closely together. Since 2006, the Aid Programme for the Turkish Cypriot community allocated nearly €40 million to boost skills through education. Have a look at the booklets below to read more about how the EU is investing in education and boosting employability, thereby contributing to social and economic development and providing opportunities to bring the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot communities closer together.

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Entities implementing EU funds under indirect management:

2018

2017

2016

Documents

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