Cyprus: EU Commission, funds to Turkish community's economy

New programme of financial assistance, 27.2 mln euros allocated

22 November, 14:04

(ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, NOVEMBER 22 - The European Commission approved new financial assistance for the Turkish Cypriot community. A new 27.2 million euros 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.

''This new funding - said Stefan Fule, EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy - 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 euros under the Aid Programme for the Turkish Cypriot community.

Earlier this year a specific allocation of 800,000 euros had already been approved to fund the EU Scholarship Programme for the academic year 2012/2013. (ANSAmed)
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