Europe Day 2023
Europe Day was celebrated on Friday, 26 May on Zahra Street in the old town of Nicosia, with the theme "United in Diversity," highlighting the EU's core values of peace and unity.
Judit Rozsa, Director of Resources, Coordination, and Aid Programme at the European Commission, expressed gratitude to attendees in a video message from Brussels. She affirmed the EU's commitment to the reunification ofCyprus and highlighted the EU Aid programme's objective of promoting economic development and improving the lives of Turkish Cypriots. The programme aims to bridge the gap between Cypriot communities and prepare for reunification by implementing EU standards.
The celebration also highlighted the European Year of Skills, focusing on providing individuals with quality job skills and addressing skills shortages in the EU.
The event featured performances by the "LBO Kids and Polyphonic Youth Choir" and Studio 21cc, as well as İzel Seylani's Karagöz Hacivat Shadow Play and DJ Çoşkuner's music. Virtual reality tours of cultural heritage sites and a prize draw added excitement to the event.
More than 3000 people took part in the event including children and families who enjoyed various activities, while stands representing EU Member States provided information about the EU. Organisations active in Green Line Trade; and others dealing with education, civil society, scholarships, food safety and rural development also showcased EU-funded projects and engaged with the public.