The European Commission supported a "Diversity Festival" as part of European Action Week Against Racism on 21 March at Bedestan, Nicosia. The festival aimed to bring together various cultural groups in order to celebrate cultural diversity within the Turkish Cypriot community. The French Cultural Association, German Cultural Association, Akova Women’s Association, Palestinian Students’ Group, African Students’ Group, East & South East Cultural Association, Cyprus Folkdance Group (TUFAD), OneWorship,Turkish Cypriot Journalists’ Association, Queer Cyprus, and Universal Patient Rights Association… Details>>
"A Jazz Night in Nicosia" event, as part of European Music Nights, featuring Cahit Kutrafalı Quartet and Sara So Far took place on Tuesday, 12 March at Bandabuliya Stage. Sara Makipaa (vocal), Cahit Kutrafali (bass), Charis Ioannou (saxophone), Ermis Michail (guitar), Stelios Xydias (drums) performed at the concert. The EU promotes culture as a way to bring communities together, fostering a link between the present and the future, and making culture accessible to all.Music constitutes an important pillar of European culture and is probably the cultural and creative sector with the largest audience… Details>>
The European Commission organised an event on 5 February to mark the commencement of the EU funded project for the "Construction of an Irrigation System for the Reuse of Morphou/Güzelyurt Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) Treated Wastewater.” The €2.14 million works contract and €0.5 million services contract were signed in December 2018.
This project will utilise the treated wastewater from the WWTP in Morphou/Guzelyurt by construction of a water reservoir and an irrigation water distribution system. This will facilitate the safe reuse of 500 million litres per year of high-quality water to irrigate… Details>>
"State of the European Union, 2019 Priorities and Beyond" event took place on 13 December in Nicosia. At the event, Mr. Ierotheos Papadopoulos, Head of the European Commission Representation in Cyprus, made a presentation on the current situation in the European Union, future prospects, the Sibiu Summit and an evaluation of the priorities for 2019. After the presentation, participants had an opportunity to raise questions and make comments.
During his presentation, Mr. Papadopoulos mentioned that the President of the European Commission, Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker, emphasised the sovergnity of Europe… Details>>
The European Commission highlighted the role of media in the elimination of violence against women with the “Gender Sensitive Reporting” seminar 26 November at the Cyprus Turkish Journalists Association in Nicosia. The seminar hosted a keynote speaker, Prof. Sevda Alankuş and was organised within the context of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
After the opening speeches by Ms. Pelin Maneoğlu and Mr. Sami Özuslu, Prof. Alankuş examined the media, the masculinity of the language of the media, the incomplete representation of women, and patriarchal discourses… Details>>
EU AID PROGRAMME for the Turkish Cypriot community
Launch of 4th Rural Development Grant Scheme "Support for investment in agriculture"
Nicosia, 8 November 2018
The European Commission has launched a EUR 5 million call for proposals to support agricultural investments in the Turkish Cypriot community.
The EU financed Grant Scheme aims to increase the competitiveness of the rural economy in the Turkish Cypriot community by improving crop and animal production, whilst promoting the sustainable use of natural resources. It will target farmers, irrigation unions and agricultural… Details>>
The European Commission announced the start of operation of the newly completed Phase II of the Güngör/Koutsoventis solid waste storage facility with an information presentation event on 22 October. The opening speeches of the event were made by Mr. Arttu Makipaa and Mr. Ömer Aydın Köseoğlu. The Phase II of the facility was completed with an approximate investment of €1.9 million. The EU investment aims to further support the Turkish Cypriot community in environmental infrastructure, and more specifically in the waste sector, via its continued investment in the Güngör/Koutsoventis solid waste storage… Details>>
On the occasion of EU Anti-Trafficking Day, the European Commission held a panel on 18 October at the EU Programme Support Office (EUPSO) in Nicosia. The aim of this year’s EU Anti-Trafficking Day event was to increase awareness on the rights of human trafficking victims and to highlight best practices in victim support services.
After the opening speeches by Mr. Kjartan Bjornsson and Ms. Evin Unutmaz, the EU policy on the rights of trafficking victims and implementations in EU Member States, the US Department of State 2018 Trafficking in Persons report findings and local implementations, opportunities… Details>>
The European Commission marked this year’s European Researchers' Night with a gala event at Bandabuliya Stage, Nicosia on Friday 28 September. Local researchers shared their latest research projects and highlighted how science can make a difference to our daily lives.
During the event, participants had the opportunity to meet up with researchers and see the impact of their work on their daily lives. After the opening speeches by Mr. Michael Docherty and Mr. Salih Sarpten, researchers presented their research work in various areas such as renewable energy, environment and biodiversity, marine biology, communication… Details>>
The European Commission, as part of European Mobility Week 2018, marked the importance of getting around safely with a “Cycling Safely Workshop” for Grade 5 primary school students at the Traffic Education Park in Nicosia on 27 September, in collaboration with the Prevention of Road Traffic Accidents Association (TKÖD). The aim of the workshop was to promote safe and alternative modes of transport in a safety controlled environment, where the students had the opportunity to ride the obstacle course and were provided with tips on safe cycling including sudden breaking, assessing traffic situations,… Details>>
The European Commission highlighted the importance of food safety with information sessions in Nicosia, Kyrenia and Famagusta on “How the EU helps make food safer”. The information sessions took place on 10 September in Nicosia at the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce, on 11 September in Kyrenia at Villaggio Templos Restaurant and on 12 September in Famagusta at Bandabulya from 17:00 to 19:30. The EU food safety policy, good practices in the EU for consumer protection, EU support to improve food safety in the Turkish Cypriot community and local implementations on food safety standards were discussed.
The European Commission supported a series of events organised by HASDER and EU Infopoint as part of International Youth Day (12 August) celebrations. The theme for International Youth Day 2018 was Safe Spaces for Youth. Youth need safe spaces where they can come together, engage in activities related to their diverse needs and interests, participate in decision making processes and freely express themselves. The activites which were supported by the European Commission this year included a roundtable discussion on 12 August, Walled City Bike Tour at Selimiye Square, Nicosia on 17 August and Youth… Details>>
The European Commission is supporting a new awareness raising campaign about the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling with a focus on plastic waste and in line with the new European Commission Plastic Strategy. The campaign aims to encourage individuals to reduce their single use plastics consumption and will be promoted locally on radio, billboards, social media and the press. A “Reducing Construction and Plastic Waste” Panel took place on 27 July at the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce in Nicosia.
After the opening speeches by Mr. Ierotheos Papadopoulos, the Head of the European… Details>>
European Commission supported a conference on corporate governance and networking for clusters on 13 July at the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce with the participation of relevant local stakeholders and experts. The conference, organised by the EU-funded Technical Assistance for Private Sector Development (TAPS) project and the EU Infopoint, aimed to create awareness about the benefits of strengthening cluster initiatives and to discuss ways to embrace corporate governance principles as a means to encourage professionalism and competitiveness amongst the clusters in the Turkish Cypriot community.… Details>>
The European Commission, as part of the European Music Nights, supported a Jazz Workshop and Jam Session in collaboration with Jazz Education Abroad on 6 July in Nicosia. The workshop brought together all age groups and participants at all levels and all musical instruments at Ledra Art Music and Fine Arts Studio. After the opening speech by Ms.Kezban Akansoy, almost 30 participants took part in parallel workshops for different instruments with jazz masters Dr. Gene Aitken (Music Education & Director), Paolo Orlandi (Drums), Cahit Kutrafalı & Damian Erskine (Bass), Mike Dana (Guitar), Jeremy Siskind… Details>>
The European Commission highlighted the topic of “Advancing LGBTI Rights” at a seminar organised by the EU Infopoint in cooperation with Queer Cyprus on 26 June at the Journalists’ Association, Nicosia. The seminar hosted keynote speaker, Mr. Kerem Dikmen, practicing lawyer on LGBTI cases.
The event aimed to bring together journalists, NGO representatives, decision makers and practitioners in the field to explore the topic of advancing LGBTI rights. After the opening speech by Ms.Pelin Maneoğlu, Mr.Kerem Dikmen shared his experiences and insights and provide recommendations.
As part of the… Details>>
Nicosia, 25 June 2018
EU Aid Programme for the Turkish Cypriot community
Launch of the Call for Proposals for the Grant Scheme "Together Against Trafficking in Human Beings"
The European Commission has launched a EUR 1,000,000 call for proposals aiming at preventing and addressing trafficking in human beings in the northern part of Cyprus.
The main objectives of the Call for Proposals are to:
Prevent human trafficking and raise awareness;
Improve victims' access to rights;
Increase knowledge of and effective and coordinated response to all forms of trafficking… Details>>
Startups4Peace was officially launched for the fifth consecutive year on 7 June at the Goethe-Insitut in Nicosia. The Startups4Peace initiative supports young Cypriots with the knowledge and skills required to help them develop their idea into a business. The aim of the initiative is to bring together and to increase contacts between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot startup communities and to support young entrepreneurs.
The winners of Startups4Peace will have the opportunity to participate in SLUSH, one of Europe's largest startup events in Helsinki, Finland, on December 4-5, 2018.
Europe Day celebrations ended with a concert by the Cyprus Chamber Orchestra which took place on 5 June at Othello Castle, Famagusta. Following the opening speech by Mr.Ierotheos Papadopoulos, guests enjoyed the musical repertoire, including works of world-famous composers. The celebrations that emphasise the importance of cultural heritage, music and art, as well as the unity and solidarity, have started with the concert on 15 May at Lefka/Lefke Square and continued with Europe Day Fair at Selimiye Square on 26 May.
The European Year of Cultural Heritage is celebrated to showcase the wealth… Details>>
As part of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage, the European Commission celebrated the importance of cultural heritage, music, arts as well as unity, at Europe Day celebrations which took place on 26 May, Saturday at Selimiye Square, Nicosia.The opening speeches of the event were made by Ms.Mary McCarthy, Mr.Özdil Nami and Mr.Cemal Özyiğit. During the event, information about EU countries, and various EU supported projects were provided. The event also included live music performances, and various activities. Participants obtained information about EU countries such as Ireland, Germany,… Details>>
The European Commission underlined the importance of climate change and its impact on employment and the labour market during the Climate Change at Work panel on Monday 30 April at the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce in Nicosia. This event aimed to raise awareness about the enormous impact of climate change on the economy particularly on the emergence of new professions in the Turkish Cypriot community. After the opening speech by Mr.Alessandro Bianciardi, Mr. Rifat Ünal Sayman, Regional Director at the Regional Environmental Center in Turkey, presented the EU policy and implementations on… Details>>
The European Commission, as part of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage and European Music Nights, supported "A City Twilight Concert at Bedestan" featuring the Othello Choir and Sonare Choir on Monday 16 April. Throughout 2018, diverse cultural heritage across Europe will be celebrated to encourage more people to discover and engage with Europe's cultural heritage, and to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space. Othello Choir, created in 2010 has worked on repertoires of polyphonic Turkish folk songs, choral works of various periods and polyphonic chorus works of Cyprus… Details>>
EU AID PROGRAMME FOR THE TURKISH CYPRIOT COMMUNITY
Launch of 4th Private Sector Development Grant Scheme "Competitive Enterprises, Clusters and Business Support Organisations"
The European Commission has launched a EUR 5 million call for proposals promoting competitiveness in the Turkish Cypriot community.
The EU financed Grant Scheme aims to increase economic growth and help create more and better jobs through financial support to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, groups of companies and business support organisations in the Turkish Cypriot community.
Selected projects will be supported… Details>>
The European Commission supported a “Diversity Festival” on 10 April at Bandabuliya, Nicosia from 15:00 to 17:00 as part of European Action Week Against Racism. The event aimed to bring together various cultural groups in order to celebrate cultural diversity within the Turkish Cypriot community. After the opening speeches by Mr.Arttu Makipaa and Mr.Mehmet Harmancı, MAGEM, Akova Women’s Association, French Cultural Association, Refugee Rights Association, German Cultural Association, Russian Speakers Association, Civic Space, SOS Children’s Village, and the Palestinian, Pakistani, Afghan and Ukrainian… Details>>
The European Commission highlighted gender quotas as a means to break the glass ceiling for women in a panel discussion on 28 March at European Programme Support Office (EUPSO), Nicosia. After the opening speeches by Mr.Arttu Makipaa and Ms.İpar Çakmak Ergün, the panelists Johanna Maula, Nur Köprülü, Fazilet Özdenefe and Selen Necat Gürkan shared information and advices to raise awareness about the policies in the EU regarding gender equality, equal pay and gender quotas; to share examples from Europe on how to overcome the impact of the glass ceiling to achieve political empowerment and improvements… Details>>
The Representation of the European Commission in Cyprus presented the “State of the Union and 2018 Priorities” on 25 January at Merit Hotel in Nicosia. Mr.George Markopouliotis highlighted the Roadmap for a more united, stronger and more democratic union in his presentation.
Presenting his priorities for the year ahead and outlining his vision for how the European Union could evolve by 2025 President Jean-Claude Juncker said: "The wind is back in Europe’s sails. But we will go nowhere unless we catch that wind. (…) We should chart the direction for the future. As Mark Twain wrote, years from now… Details>>
The European Commission highlighted the topic of “Women, Violence & The Media” at a seminar organised by the EU Infopoint in cooperation with the Cyprus Turkish Journalists Association on 15 January. The seminar hosted a keynote speaker, Çiçek Tahaoğlu, the Bianet Women and LGBTI News Editor. The event brought journalists, media specialists, and practitioners in the field together and generated a discussion on women, violence and the media. Çiçek Tahaoğlu shared her experiences and insights and provided recommendations on the subject.
Violence against women and girls is a serious problem of global… Details>>
The Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Marketplace event, which was supported by the European Commission and organised by the EU Infopoint in the framework of the European SME Week 2017, took place on Friday, 15 December at Merit Hotel in Nicosia. The event hosted speakers and a marketplace for entrepreneurs to access information and opportunities (both EU and local) for improving their businesses. This information and networking event was open to all entrepreneurs and potential entrepreneurs.
The Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce, Cyprus Turkish Chamber of Industry, European Bank for Reconstruction… Details>>
On the occasion of the EU Anti-trafficking Day, the European Commission held a panel on Wednesday 8 November 2017 from 14:30 – 16:30 at the EU Programme Support Office (EUPSO), Nicosia. After the opening speeches by Mr. George Markopouliotis, the Head of the European Commission Representation in Cyprus, and H.E. Mrs. Kathleen Doherty, the Ambassador of the United States of America in Cyprus, Sweden’s National Rapporteur Ms. Kajsa Wahlberg talked about the Swedish model which criminalises the buying of sex. In addition to this, Özge Uğraşın, a human rights lawyer, presented the local situation and… Details>>
The European Commission marked the importance of research, development and innovation during the "Europe Science and Fun Day”, an open day for secondary and high schools organised on 11 October in Tirkomo/İskele, as part of the European Researchers’ Night. The aim of the event was to inspire high school students by giving them an opportunity to meet researchers, and be exposed to hands-on experiments, science shows and quizzes. After the opening speeches by Mr.Kjartan Bjornsson and Mr.Rauf Ataöv, more than 400 students from 8 different schools in this region were able to interact with scientists… Details>>
The European Commission marked the importance of clean, shared and intelligent mobility a “No Car Day” event on 23 September. The “No Car Day” event took place in Walled City Nicosia from 10:30 – 13:00. Activities included bicycle tours, concerts, and mobility information stands. After the opening speeches by Mr.George Markopouliotis, Mr.Mehmet Harmancı and Mr.Fikri Toros, the participants experienced the clean mobility by attending the bicycle tours organised in every half hour.
Since 2002 European Mobility Week has sought to influence mobility and urban transport issues, as well as improve… Details>>
The European Commission marked the importance of clean, shared and intelligent mobility with the “Clean, Shared and Intelligent Mobility” panel on 19 September at Altun Tabya Hotel, Famagusta. Expert Dr. Jürgen Perschon made a presentation on EU’s policy on sustainable and smart transportation and sustainable cities, and best practices from member states. Mr. Merter Refikoğlu talked about implementations on transportation and recommendations while Mr. Rifat Yalınç made a presentation on transportation in the walled city of Famagusta. Moreover, Prof. Naciye Doratlı talked about sustainable cities… Details>>
The European Commission supported a series of events organised by HASDER and the EU Infopoint as part of International Youth Day (12 August) celebrations. This year the focus was on the active role that youth can play in building peace. On 12 August, the representatives of the youth organisations discussed at a round table at the EU Infopoint, young people’s contributions to conflict prevention and transformation as well as inclusion, social justice, and sustainable peace. The scale and challenges of sustaining peace requires partnerships between stakeholders, including youth organizations. Youth… Details>>
The Jazz Workshop and Jazz Concert, supported by the European Commission and organised with the participation of Jazz Education Abroad as part of European Music Nights 2017, took place in Nicosia on Tuesday, 11 July. The workshop brought together all age groups and participants at all levels and all musical instruments at Ledra Art Music and Fine Arts Studio. After the opening speech by Ms.Pelin Maneoğlu, almost 40 participants took part in parallel workshops for different instruments with Mariano Abello (Saxophone), J. Kyle Gregory (Trumpet), Dave Glenn (Trombone), Jeremy Siskind (Piano), Cahit… Details>>
The European Commission highlighted the concept of green jobs with a “Green Jobs for a Greener Future” seminar as part of Green Week 2017 on 7 July from at Merit Hotel, Nicosia. The event aimed to generate discussion about opportunities, implementation and policies in the EU and in the Turkish Cypriot community on green jobs and green skills. After the opening speech by Mr.Alessandro Bianciardi, EU Expert Dr.Bela Galgoczi and local speakers Tamer Zaim, Gülcan Yalınca, Bahri Türkmen and Yasemin Çobanoğlu made presentations about EU’s environmental policies and how they are creating green jobs and… Details>>
Music is one of the most popular forms of art, widely consumed, and a vibrant expression of Europe's cultural diversity. Strengthening this sector contributes to the promotion of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue, culture as a catalyst for creativity, and European culture as a vital part of external relations.In this vein, as part of the European Music Nights, European Commission organised a concert by Bicommunal Cyprus Chamber Orchestra on 6 July at Othello Castle. After the opening speeches by Ms.Pelin Maneoğlu and Nihat Ağdaç, spectators had an amusing summer evening with the melodies. Details>>
Strengthening of civil society in the northern part of Cyprus is a key factor in the development of a culture of dialogue, participation in community life and promotion of the values of tolerance, peace and active citizenship. The EU funded support to confidence building measures and joint-actions organised by civil society organisations from both communities strongly promotes reconciliation, dialogue, closer relationships and trust between the Turkish Cypriot and the Greek Cypriot communities.
The EU has supported five grant schemes totalling €9.5 million to date with more in the pipeline. More… Details>>
Europe Day 2017 was celebrated with enthusiasm during the event organised by the European Commission on 10 June at Namık Kemal Square, Famagusta with the theme of “United in Diversity”. The opening speeches of the event were made by Mr.George Markopouliotis and Mr.İsmail Arter. The visitors had the opportunity to experience the original tastes at the various EU Member States stands such as France and Netherlands. They also had the chance to get information at the stands of EU-funded projects about the role of the EU in the Turkish Cypriot community's development. In addition to the Acoustic 4,… Details>>
The Nicosia Friendship Cup 2017, supported by the European Commission, took place on 2-3 June. Four Cypriot and international amateur football teams, CVAR, Duzkaya, Finland United, Cyprus International, participated in the tournament, which was organised by the EU Infopoint. After the introduction meeting on 2 June at the Home for Cooperation, the first day matches took place at the Yusuf Kaptan football pitch. The remaining matches took place the following day at the Orfeas pitch. The tournament was completed with an award ceremony on the evening of 3 June. The Finnish Ambassador H.E. Timo Heino… Details>>
In the context of the News Skills Agenda for Europe and to promote employability in the Turkish Cypriot community, “Education and Business World Cooperate for the Improvement of Skills" event was organised by EU funded EU Infopoint and VETLAM II projects on 23 May at Bedestan, Nicosia.
The opening speeches were made by Ms.Michela Foresti, Mr.Özdemir Berova and Mr.Mahmut Kanber and the event continued with the launch of the “Occupational Standards” booklet and the presentations of certificates to employers who actively took part in the revision of the standards.
The initiative was supported… Details>>
Europe Day 2017 was celebrated with enthusiasm during the event organised by the European Commission on 20 May at Selimiye Square, Nicosia. The event highlighted the theme of "United in Diversity" and the visitors had the opportunity to experience original tastes at the various EU Member States stands such as Germany, Finland, France, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Sweden and Poland. They also had the chance to get information at the stands of EU-funded projects about the role of the EU in the Turkish Cypriot community's development. In addition to the LTB Latin Orchestra, Hot Club of Cyprus, Nihan Görgü… Details>>
On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the signature of the Treaties of Rome, the European Commission organised a concert and reception with Cyprus Chamber Orchestra Concert to mark the occasion and to reflect on Europe's common future. The celebration took place on Wednesday, 26 April 2017 at Bedestan, Nicosia. The event started with the opening speech by Mr.George Markopouliotis, followed by the concert of Cyprus Chamber Orchestra.
The Treaties of Rome – signed by the six founding Member States – paved the way for the European Union that we know today: a reunited continent of peace, founded… Details>>
With the support of the European Commission, EU-funded Capacity Building to the Water/Wastewater and Solid Waste Sectors Project and the EU Infopoint organised a 1 day forum on 20 April at Manolya Hotel Lapithos, in partnership with the Chamber of Environmental Engineers, Cyprus Turkish Chamber of Industry, and the Union of Municipalities, drew together leading waste management experts to look at the means and methods for diverting increasing amounts of organic, garden and green waste from landfill. The speakers at the forum presented practical approaches to green waste management in the EU, operating… Details>>
The European Commission launched a poster competition targeting secondary and high school students for Europe Day 2017. The European Commission, together with the Education Department, invites young people to participate in a poster competition on the theme of “United in Diversity,” the motto of the European Union. The launch of the competition took place on Wednesday, 19 April at the EU Infopoint. After the opening speeches by Ms.Pelin Maneoğlu and Mr.Rauf Ataöv, the participants were informed about the Europe Day 2017 and the competition. Interested individuals may submit their posters until… Details>>
The Representation of the European Commission in Cyprus held a presentation on “The Juncker Commission: Two Years On” at Altun Tabya Hotel, Famagusta on 17 March and at Olive Tree Hotel, Kyrenia on 21 March. The presentation, which was made by Mr.George Markopouliotis, the Head of the European Commission in Cyprus, covered the Juncker Commission’s two year progress focusing on the 21 key initiatives to implement EU’s 10 political priorities in 2017. The European Union is facing unprecedented challenges ranging from high unemployment, slow economic growth, economic uncertainties and a huge investment… Details>>
The European Commission marked the importance of research, development and innovation during the "European Science and Fun Day”, an open day for secondary and high schools organised on 28 March in Lefka and on 30 March in Famagusta, as part of the European Researchers’ Night. The aim of the event was to inspire secondary and high school students by giving them an opportunity to meet researchers, and be exposed to hands-on experiments, science shows and quizzes. The event in Lefka started with welcome speeches by Ms.Pelin Maneoğlu and Mr.Aziz Kaya and the event in Famagusta started with welcome… Details>>
The European Commission marked the importance of diversity during the European Action Week Against Racism with a panel titled “United in Diversity” on Monday, 13 March 2017 at Bedestan, Nicosia from 14:30 to 17:00.
The aim of the event was to improve awareness about diversity, and increase knowledge about the relevant EU policy. EU speaker Prof. Rainer Hiltunen presented EU’s policy on diversity and actions to combat racism, best practices from EU member states. The head of the Employment Department Mr. Yusuf Önderol shared information about the local implementations and recommendations. Representatives… Details>>
The European Commission highlighted the importance of reducing the gender pay gap during an “Equal Pay for Equal Work - Inclusive Growth for All” panel on 9 March at the EU Programme Support Office (EUPSO), Nicosia. The aim of the event was to generate discussion about equal pay for equal work and the strategies to reduce the gender pay gap. After the opening speeches by Mr.George Markopouliotis and Mr.Erçin Tekakpınar and the keynote speech by Mr.Timo Heino, the EU policy and examples from Europe were presented at the event. The event hosted Prof.Berrin Ataman, who highlighted the EU policy and… Details>>
The European Commission organised a Traffic Safety Campaign Workshop targeting youth. The workshop aimed to bring together young traffic ambassadors from high schools, universities and youth NGOs in order to collectively develop a campaign that will be publicized in the Turkish Cypriot community. The workshop was moderated by Tamer Altunay who has been involved in developing several traffic safety campaigns. The workshop, organised in partnership with Traffic Accidents Prevention Association and TRAKAYAD, took place on 27 February with the participation of 28 students from 10 schools, including… Details>>
The prize ceremony of the Battery Collection Competition, which was launched in June 2016 by the European Commission as part of Green Week 2016, was held on 11 January at EU Infopoint with the participation of the winning schools and students. More than 40 schools and hundreds of students participated in the competition and more than 2.000 kgs of used batteries were collected during the competition period. After the opening speeches by Mrs.Kezban Akansoy and Mr.Rauf Ataöv, the top 3 schools, Doğu Akdeniz Doğa İlkokulu, TED Koleji and Çanakkale Ortaokulu and 10 students who were randomly picked… Details>>
The results of the Traffic Safety Short Video Competition, which was organised by the European Commission to highlight the importance of traffic safety and to raise awareness among youth about preventive measures, were announced at the EU Infopoint on 13 January. After the opening speeches by Mr.Alessandro Bianciardi and Ms.Nazmiye Çelebi, the top 3 films which were produced by Mahmut Ersin Altan, Semih Aslan and Abdülkadir Kel were screened and the winners were awarded. The films focused on how mobile phone use and careless driving can risk everyone's life at the traffic and how this can cause… Details>>
For the European Day of People with Disabilities, the European Commission organised a panel discussion titled “A day in the life of a disabled person” on 6 January at Merit Hotel, Nicosia in partnership with the Cyprus Hearing and Speech Impaired Foundation, LTB Dance School for Disabled Children, Social Services Department, and the Turkish Cypriot Association of Orthopedic Disability. After the opening speech by Mr.Alessandro Bianciardi, the presentations of the speakers İdil Seda Ak, Gülay Gündüz Efendi, Ruhsar Vudalı, Mehmet Geçit, Bahire Doğru and Çelen Çağansoy covered the EU policy on people… Details>>
The Representation of the European Commission in Cyprus held a presentation on “The Juncker Commission: Two Years On” at Merit Hotel Nicosia on 17 January. The presentation, which was made by Mr.George Markopouliotis, the Head of the European Commission in Cyprus, covered the Juncker Commission’s two year progress focusing on the 21 key initiatives to implement EU’s 10 political priorities in 2017. The European Union is facing unprecedented challenges ranging from high unemployment, slow economic growth, economic uncertainties and a huge investment gap to migratory pressure and environmental and… Details>>
The European Commission highlighted the importance of human rights and democracy during the Human Rights Film Days organised between 26 January and 1 February 2017 at Arabahmet Cultural Centre in Nicosia. An opening reception was held on Thursday 26 January and after the speeches by Ms.Michela Foresti, Ms.Faika Deniz Paşa and Ms.Yetin Arslan, the Oscar nominee film Fire At Sea from Italy was screened. The Human Rights Film Days was organised in partnership with the Turkish Cypriot Human Rights Foundation and Refugee Rights Association.
During the Human Rights Film Days, the spectators had the… Details>>
The European Commission underlined the importance of waste reduction and recycling during the “Waste Prevention and Recycling Forum” on Tuesday 20 December at Bedestan in Nicosia. During the forum the worlds’ leading experts in waste prevention and recycling presented their experiences and recommendations. NGO representatives, academics and SMEs were encouraged to attend the forum and share their ideas. The event, organised by the Capacity Building to the Water/Wastewater and Solid Waste Sectors Project in partnership with LTB, Cans for Kids and the Charity Association for Cancer Patients, also… Details>>
The European Commission marked the importance of coherence between industrial, environmental, climate and energy policy to create an optimal business environment for sustainable growth, job creation and innovation during the European SME Week 2016 with a “Green Economy” event on 15 December at Merit Hotel in Nicosia in partnership with the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce. After the opening speech by Mr.Alessandro Bianciardi and Mr.Mustafa Genç, speakers Mr.Libor Krkoska, Mr.Andy Whiteman, Mr.Philippos Drousiotis, Ms.Niyal Öztürk and Mr.Bulut Erkal from European Bank of Reconstruction, Cyprus… Details>>
The European Commission, as part of the European Week for Safety and Health at Work, supports a series of safety and health trainings at all the vocational schools in the Turkish Cypriot community organised in cooperation with the Association of Health and Safety Professionals, Education Department, Employment Department, Chamber of Shopkeepers and Artisans, Cyprus Turkish Chamber of Industry, and Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce, starting in November 2016. Participating students were presented with various topics on why health and safety is important in workplaces, EU’s policy and implementations… Details>>
The European Commission launched a short video competitiontargeting youth aged 18-30 to highlight the importance of traffic safety and to raise awareness amongst youth about preventative measures. The traffic safety video competition is organised in collaboration with Traffic Accidents Prevention Association, Traffic Department and TRAKAYAD. The launch of the competition took place on 11 November at the EU Infopoint in Nicosia. After the opening speeches by Mr.George Markopouliotis and Ms.Nazmiye Çelebi, the jury members and representatives of partner organizations and experts from the field of… Details>>
The European Commission, as part of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, highlighted the importance of ending gender-based violence with a "Stop Violence Against Women Now!" panel organised in cooperation with the Gender Equality Platform, KAYAD, SOROV and SOS Children’s Village. The panel took place at EU Programme Support Office, Nicosia on 25 November with the participation of local and international speakers who presented topics such as EU’s policy on ending violence against women, best practices from EU countries on ending gender based violence, implementations… Details>>
The European Commission highlighted the importance of energy efficient buildings and green energy during a panel organised by the EU Infopoint in partnership with Union of the Chambers of Cyprus Turkish Engineers and Architects on 25 October at KTMMOB. After the opening speech by Mr.George Markopouliotis and Mr.Emin Bilgen, the event hosted an EU speaker, Assoc.Prof.Francesco Causone who covered the EU Policy on efficient buildings and green energy and provided examples on implementations from various Member States of the EU. Moreover, local speakers Assoc.Prof.Serkan Abbasoğlu presented the local… Details>>
The European Commission marked EU Anti-Trafficking Day 2016 with a short film screening followed by a discussion on human trafficking in Nicosia on 18 October at the Cyprus Turkish Medical Association and on 21 October at Famagusta Bandabulya in partnership with MAGEM, Refugee Rights Association and Cyprus Turkish Medical Association. The topics included EU’s policy on human trafficking, factors that lead to trafficking in human beings, the work of NGOs in this area as well as the local situation, measures and recommendations. After the opening speeches by Pelin Maneoğlu and Mr.Mehmet Harmancı,… Details>>
The European Commission marked the importance of research, development and innovation during the "European Science and Fun Day”, an open day for secondary and high schools organised on 30 September at Büyük Han, Nicosia as part of the European Researchers’ Night. The aim of the event was to inspire secondary and high school students by giving them an opportunity to meet researchers, and be exposed to hands-on experiments, science shows and quizzes. The event started with welcome speeches by Ms.Michela Foresti and Mr.Rauf Ataöv and during the open day, more than 600 students from 14 different schools… Details>>
The European Commission marked the European Week of Sport with a panel organised by the EU Infopoint in partnership with PeacePlayers International Cyprus and Turkish Cypriot Diabetes Association on 28 September at Major Conference Hall, Nicosia. The aim of the panel was to generate discussion amongst all stakeholders about how sport can improve health, and social inclusion. After the opening speeches by Mr.Alessandro Bianciardi and Mr.Sertaç Bozatlı, the importance of sport, health and social inclusion along with the EU policy and examples from other EU countries were presented at the event by… Details>>
The European Commission supported a series of events organised by HASDER and EU Infopoint as part of International Youth Day celebrations. The focus of this year was the active role that youth can play in sustainable development. The activities included a panel painting session at Selimiye Square, a round table discussion at the EU Infopoint, a bike tour in the walled city of Nicosia, a girls football tournament at Çetinkaya Football Pitch, Cyprus Night at HASDER Institute, Young Musicians Concert, European Jazz - Flapper Swing Concert and a film screening at HASDER Institute.
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To mark the importance of the environment and recycling, the EU Infopoint organised an online photo competition in the context of the Green Week 2016 activities. The photos were published on the Instagram and Facebook accounts of the EU Infopoint for public vote. The competition resulted in 3 participants receiving a prize. In first place was Emre Günce, in second place was Harper Özbirim and in third place was Deren Fırat. The photos were exhibited at the EU Infopoint Public Space until the end of June. Details>>
To highlight the devastating impact that humans are having on the planet, a film screening event was organised at Kumsal Park, Nicosia on 17 June as part of Green Week 2016 activities. After the opening speech by Mr.Davide Bixio, the spectators enjoyed the documentary movie "Home" which was directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. With aerial footage from fifty-four countries, "Home" is a depiction of how Earth's problems are all interlinked.
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Green Week 2016 activities continued with a Composting Workshop organised by the EU Infopoint in cooperation with the Chamber of Environmental Engineers and Gönyeli SAM. During the workshop, the participants learned to make composting from kitchen and garden waste. At the end of the workshop, 10 participants were selected randomly and presented with a custom made composting box. Details>>
The European Commission highlighted the importance of environmental protection and recycling with a panel discussion held at Merit Hotel, Nicosia on 9 June with the participation of Anja Schwetje, F.Javier Gonzalez Vidal, İbrahim Alkan, Meriç Erülkü, Leyla Mahrum and Deniz Mat Artun. After the opening speeches by Mr.Alessandro Bianciardi and Mr.İsmet Esenyel, EU policies on packaging waste management and recycling, construction waste management, EU harmonisation on construction waste, packaging waste and recycling, current implementations, reflections on construction and packaging waste management… Details>>
As part of the Green Week 2016 campaign, the European Commission marked the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling for a greener future with a series of events for Green Week 2016 from 3 June to 21 June. Green Week is Europe's biggest annual conference on environment policy, bringing together participants from all sectors of the society for a unique exchange of ideas and best practices. Green Week 2016 focuses on "Investing for a Greener Future". Green Week 2016 partners included KUŞKOR, Green Action Groups, Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce, Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Industry, Cyprus… Details>>
The European Commission invited entrepreneurs and startups to the seminar about the Finnish and Nordic Startup Ecosystem and Startups4Peace project, which is implemented by the Finnish Embassy in partnership with the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce (KTTO) and Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KEBE). The seminar which took place on 30 June at Merit Hotel Nicosia also informed participants about how to win a trip to the legendary and leading startup event SLUSH in Helsinki, Finland.
The keynote speaker at the event was Ghita Wallin, Chief Marketing Officer of SLUSH Brand Team, and the… Details>>
The European Commission has adopted a new Skills Agenda for Europe, which aims to ensure people develop the skills necessary for the jobs of today and tomorrow. This agenda is essential to boost employability, competitiveness and growth across the EU. On this occasion a series of workshops for young people were held to highlight the importance of developing the skills necessary for job searching, career planning and entrepreneurship. The workshops were organised in Mağusa/Famagusta, Mehmetcik/Galatia, Girne/Kyrenia, Yeşilyurt/Pentageia and Lefkoşa/Nicosia between 19-29 July. The youth was informed… Details>>
The European Commission marked Universal Children’s Day with a panel discussion on Children’s Rights on Friday, 27 November at Naci Talat Foundation in Nicosia. The EU is committed to the protection of children’s rights and the panel brought together experts from the Social Services Department, academics, children’s rights advocates and practitioners from SOS Children’s Village, to emphasise the importance of protecting children’s rights.
The aim of the event was to improve knowledge about the EU’s policy on child protection, to discuss social services for children and to share real life examples… Details>>
The European Commission marked European SME Week with the “Innovative Enterprises” event on Thursday, 26th November at Bedestan in Nicosia. The event, organized by the EU Infopoint, will included expert speeches on investments, entrepreneurship, smart specialization and structural funds, opportunities for innovative enterprises, small business support programme, and research and development practices, EU support for private sector development. Various businesses, CSOs and universities also hosted information stands.
The aim of the event was to improve awareness about European SME Week, to help… Details>>
The European Commission marked Veterinary Week 2015 with an open day organised at the Veterinary Department Laboratory located in Nicosia, on Wednesday 18 November. The event, organised by the EU Infopoint, included a tour of the Veterinary Laboratory, expert speeches on animal health standards in the Turkish Cypriot community, and EU standards for food production and safety standards for local products, as well as information stands.
The aim of the Veterinary Week Open Day was to improve awareness about animal health and welfare and safety of products of animal origin, to increase knowledge about… Details>>
The European Commission marked European Road Safety Day with a series of trainings targeting primary school and high school students organised by the EU Infopoint in collaboration with the Prevention of Traffic Accidents Association and TRAKAYAD.
The events took place at the Traffic Education Park on 15 October from 9:30 – 11:30, at Turk Maarif Koleji (TMK) on 20 October from 11:45 - 13:00 and at Bülent Ecevit High School on 21 October from 10:00 – 11:30. The events included presentations and training on road safety and practical training in the simulated traffic park. In addition to these, information… Details>>
The Representation of the European Commission in Cyprus in cooperation with the EU Infopoint hosted this year’s European Youth Media Days with a photojournalism workshop and launch of the Human Rights Photojournalism Competition on 6 November 2015 at the EU Infopoint.
The European Youth Media Days are the first Europe-wide forum that involves, connects, informs and encourages young media makers to be in the heart of the European integration process.
The workshop which was implemented by the Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC) was open to young people aged 18-35. The workshop aimed to shed light… Details>>
The European Commission marked EU Anti-Trafficking Day 2015 with a panel organised by the EU Infopoint. The panel took place on the Friday, 30 October at the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce. The topics included human trafficking, trafficking victims and factors that lead to human trafficking, the EU Policy on human trafficking and measures in the Turkish Cypriot community.
The aim was to raise awareness on trafficking in human beings and increase the exchange of information, knowledge and best practices amongst the different actors working in this field with participation of stakeholders and… Details>>
The European Commission marked this year’s European Researchers Night 2015 with a gala event at Bedestan Nicosia on Tuesday 29 September from 19.30 – 21.30 where local researchers shared their latest research projects and highlighted how science can make a difference to our daily lives.
This year is the 10 year anniversary of European Researchers Night which is celebrated in over 300 cities in 24 European cities. The gala event at Bedestan organised by the EU Infopoint, was a first time opportunity for researchers from the Turkish Cypriot community to showcase their work in science and innovation.
The European Commission marked European Mobility Week 2015 with a series of activities organised by the EU Infopoint in collaboration with Nicosia Turkish Municipality (LTB).
European Mobility Week events were first announced to press members in a press conference held in Merit Hotel, Nicosia on 15 September.
The “No Car Day” event on 19 September took place at Ataturk Square in the walled city, Nicosia, from 10:00 to 14:00. Activities included bicycle tours, walking tours, mobility information stands, and a treasure hunt.
The panel on “Sustainable Transport and Mobility in the EU and in… Details>>
The EU Infopoint in cooperation with the Representation of the European Commission in Cyprus organised events in August as part of International Youth Day (12 August) celebrations, to draw attention to issues and EU funded opportunities for youth in the Turkish Cypriot community. The events included an Information Session/Chat Café at Narnia from 19.30 to 22.30 on 27 August and a debate on EU Youth Policies & Youth Issues at Merit Hotel from 10.30 to 13.00 on 28 August.
These events organised in partnership with local youth organisations such as HASDER, AkDer, Adalı Gençlik, MAGEM, Youth Power,… Details>>
The EU Infopoint highlightined the EU policy on rural development and the EU support to rural communities during the month of July with a rural tour between 27 – 30 July in Komi Kebir/Büyükkonuk, Kiados/Serdarlı, Morphou/Güzelyurt, and Lefka/Lefke. The rural tour was culminated in a panel discussion on “Harmonising Agricultural Competitiveness and Rural Development” at Merit Hotel on 31 July. At these events, participants received information not only on the current rural development programme and the related EU policy, but also future opportunities for regions in the northern part of Cyprus.
The EU Infopoint announced the winners of the environment themed competition for school students at a prize ceremony and exhibition on June 30 from 15:00 – 17:00 at Atatürk Kültür Merkezi (AKM). The importance of environmental protection and the EU policies on environment were highlighted at the event.
The EU Infopoint organised this event as part of the Green Week activities to award the successful artworks on environment and to raise awarenss about environmental policies of the EU. The event created an opportunity for children, young people and their parents to compare environmental priorities… Details>>
The EU Infopoint organised an Organic Agriculture and Biodiversity Panel Discussion at the EU Infopoint on June 29 from 17:00 – 19:00. The panel brought together an EU expert, local experts, and practitioners to discuss organic agricultural practices in Cyprus and its effects on biodiversity; EU policies on agriculture and organic agriculture; and success stories from the EU.
The EU Infopoint organised this panel to raise awareness on the effects of organic farming on biodiversity by involving relevant stakeholders such as farmers, practitioners, decision makers, CSOs and experts. The panel not… Details>>
The EU Infopoint organised an outdoor fair to celebrate Europe Day and Green Week on 13 June from 16:00 to 20:30. The event hosted European Union Member State Representatives and environmental civil society organisations with many other activities including traditional dances and concerts.
Europe Day celebrates peace and unity across Europe each year; and Green Week promotes EU environment policies. Combining these two celebrations into one event, the EU Infopoint aimed to raise awareness on these important EU themes by inviting the community to take part in the fair and learn more about how to… Details>>
The EU Infopoint organised a panel discussion on “Nature & Biodiversity” as one of the Green Week activities on Tuesday, 2June at the EU Infopoint premises with the participation of EU and local speakers who shared perspectives about the importance of protecting nature and biodiversity.
Green Week, one of the most important initiatives highlighting EU environment policy, takes place every year in June and the theme for 2015 is nature and biodiversity. The aim of the activities that are held in the northern part of Cyprus for Green Week is to raise awareness about the importance of nature and… Details>>
The EU Infopoint in cooperation with the Representation of the European Commission in Cyprus and the European Parliament Information Office in Cyprus organised a Gender Equality & Social Media event on Tuesday 26 May at EU Infopoint from 3 pm to 5 pm. Five short films filmed on the streets of Cyprus, capturing the voices of Cypriots on various issues related to gender equality screened. The Head of the EC Representation Georgios Markopouliotis and the Acting Head of the EP Information Office Alexandra Attalides gave speech at the event.
As part of the Europe Day celebrations this event aimed not… Details>>
Europe Day celebrations continued at the EU Infopoint with a children’s storytelling session on “The Story of the European Union” planned for Saturday 23 May from 11:00 to 13:00 at the EU Infopoint premises. The event was open for all children aged 6 to 12 years old and it covered the story of the European Union, its institutions and what the EU does.
With this event, the EU Infopoint aimed to raise children’s awareness about the history of the European Union, why Europe Day (9 May) is celebrated and the fact that Europe Day is actually the celebration of peace and unity in Europe. The storytelling… Details>>
As part of the Europe Day celebrations, the EU Infopoint is organising a film screening and debate on the free movement of people in Europe with the participation of European speaker Kristine Dupate on 20th of May, from 19:00 to 21:00 at the EU Infopoint premises.
As the freedom of movement is one of the benefits the European Union offers to its members, on this Europe Day celebration event, the topic will be addressed starting with the screening of the film “Almanya” in collaboration with Goethe Institut. This will be followed by a presention with European guest speaker Kristine Dupate, who… Details>>
Europe Day celebrations have begun in the northern part of Cyprus with a series of events being organised by the EU Infopoint in cooperation with the European Commission throughout May and June 2015. The first event took place on 13 May at the EU Infopoint during which the Children’s Art and Photography competition on the theme of the environment was launched. Approximately 70 people attended the event inlcuding officials, teachers, students and NGO representatives.
Europe Day (9 May) celebrates peace and unity in Europe. The date marks the anniversary of the historical 'Schuman declaration'.… Details>>
World Water Day is celebrated by more than 40 participants who joined the “Walk for Water, Walk for Life” event organized by EU Infopoint. The walk took place around the Karavas/Alsancak and Lapithos/Lapta water resources. During the tour, the participants had the opportunity to receive information from experts about the water resources they visited, the history of water, water efficiency and EU policies regarding water. The participants found the walk very interesting and everyone enjoyed learning while walking in such beautiful surroundings. Details>>
The EU Infopoint organised its first children’s event to raise awareness about protecting the environment on 18th of April, Saturday from 11:00 to 13:00 at the EU Infopoint premises. The EU Infopoint showcased Nicosia Art Theatre’s children’s play “Flying Umbrella” which highlighted the importance of recycling.
In order to protect, preserve and improve the environment for present and future generations, the European Commission proposes policies that ensure a high level of environmental protection in the European Union, the EU Infopoint raised awareness about these issues through the play which… Details>>
Reducing energy consumption and eliminating energy wastage are among the main goals of the European Union. The EU supports energy efficiency for competitiveness and for meeting commitments on climate change. To raise awareness for this mission, the EU Infopoint organised a panel on energy efficiency targeting SMEs. The event brought together energy efficiency experts, energy auditors and SMEs to examine and discuss how energy efficiency could improve competitiveness and support sustainable economic development. The panel provided information on efficiency in water and electricity use at SMEs, examples… Details>>
The EU Infopoint officially opened its doors on April 30th 2015 with the participation of Walter Deffaa, Director General for Regional and Urban Policy Directorate General of the European Commission. The EU Infopoint aims to bring the Turkish Cypriot community closer to the European Union and it provides information on the EU legal and political order and the EU Aid Programme for the Turkish Cypriot community, in order to improve the public knowledge, awareness and the understanding of the European Union, its values, policies and programmes. Details>>