The European Commission adopted on 16 September an Annual Action Programme for a total amount of €35.4 million for new projects aiming to boost the economic development of the Turkish Cypriot community with emphasis on the economic integration, on improving contacts between the two communities and with the EU, and on preparation for the acquis communautaire.

The new set of projects seeks to “improve infrastructure, support economic development, foster reconciliation, and bring Turkish Cypriots closer to the EU”, said Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis, responsible for the Euro and Social Dialogue.

Assistance to the Turkish Cypriot community is provided through the EU’s Aid Programme and is managed by the Commission’s Structural Reform Support Service. Between 2006 and 2019, €555 million has been allocated for projects under this programme.