The EU Commission has reported that its Aid Programme for the Turkish Cypriot community has produced tangible and positive results.
The report published this week says that 2014 had been a positive year in many areas, which has helped to boost the economic development of the Turkish Cypriot community and could continue with the ongoing Cyprus talks.
Important developments during 2014 included the inauguration of the new Nicosia bi-communal wastewater treatment plant at Mia Milia/Haspolat. Over 50 grants were signed under three calls for proposals launched by the European Commission to support private sector develoment, community development and civil society. The scholarship programme, outsourced to the British Council for 2014, supported 115 students.
Since 2006, the best part of 370 million Euro has been earmarked for promotion of social and economic development, development and restructuring of infrastructure, reconciliation and confidence building, bringing the Turkish Cypriot community closer to the EU, preparation of legal texts, and preparation for the implementation of the acquis following a comprehensive settlement.
The EU programme in conjunction with the UN Development Programme, works to build confidence between the two communities, via the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) and the bi-communal Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage.