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EC releases north aid package with conditions

Postby Sotos » Sun Jun 25, 2006 3:38 am

THE EUROPEAN Commission has decided to release a contested 139 million euro aid package to the north, in what is the biggest per capita assistance ever given by the 25-nation bloc.

The impetus for the EU’s proposal was that the Turkish Cypriot community should not be left in the lurch after the Greek Cypriot rejection of the UN blueprint. Had the Greek Cypriots joined the Turkish Cypriots in voting ‘yes’ to the Annan plan, a reunited Cyprus would have gained full membership of the EU in May 2004. As it stands, the EU’s acquis communautaire remains suspended in the Turkish Cypriot-controlled north.

Back in February COREPER (Committee of Permanent Representatives) gave the go-ahead for 139 million euros to be disbursed for the development of infrastructures in the north. The initiative was taken by Austria, which currently holds the rotating EU presidency.

The Turkish Cypriot side, which wanted the package to be coupled to direct trade with the EU, will only receive the aid package if it accepts being bound by the conditions outlined.

A cover note prepared by the EU body decoupled the two issues, to the satisfaction of the Cyprus government.

Due to the impasse, 120 million of the initial 259 million euro aid package was lost at the turn of the year because the money had to be allocated by December 31, 2005

According to media reports yesterday, Nicosia seemed satisfied with the latest development, as the European Commission gave assurances that the financial package would in no way entail recognition of the breakaway regime.

Moreover, while an office will be set up in the north to handle the disbursements, it will not be autonomous, as the overall supervision of the package will come under the Commission’s offices in the free areas.

The European Commission’s decision provides for the establishment of two mechanisms. One will comprise four to five employees of the EU’s Enlargement Department, who will work out of Nicosia. Their job is to oversee implementation of the package.

The other mechanism will see 60 to 70 experts (architects, mechanics, veterinarians, agriculturalists) working from Brussels. They will provide technical support for implementation.

The package concerns the funding of infrastructure projects, including roadworks, sewerage, actions to adapt Turkish Cypriot society to the EU acquis and actions encouraging rapprochement between the two communities.


I wonder what the actions to adapt Turkish Cypriot society to the EU acquis will be!
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Postby miltiades » Sun Jun 25, 2006 10:04 am

For a start , show the EU that they are not part of Turkey but part of Cyprus , the full member of EU . They could start by removing the Turkish flag from Pentadaktilos and any where else and hoisting the Cypriot flag. Turkey is not a member of the EU AND TURKEY SHOULD NOT , AND IT WILL NOT RECEIVE ONE EURO FRIOM THE ALLOCATED FUNDS.
It is time that all Cypriots show the world our real identity and not have double Standards.Yes they are Turkish and we are Greek Cypriots but for crying out loud we are predominantly CYPRIOTS
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Postby Piratis » Mon Jun 26, 2006 12:00 am

miltiades,

Actually I think that removing that flag from Pentadaktylos and the end of the selling of GC properties should have been some of the prerequisites.

Now I doubt they will remove that flag. They will just use that money to build roads and make the GC properties more accessible so they can sell them easier.
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Postby miltiades » Mon Jun 26, 2006 8:19 am

Piratis , I believe the Turkish Cypriots do not want to be part of Turkey , even if recognised as the "TRNC " they are not naive and they know that the real power will be in the hands of Turkey. The occupied part of Cyprus belongs to us all just as the free part does. There are genuine fears that must be addressed by our government.
The Turkish Cypriots must surely know that they can not on one hand demand recognition as a separate state , while at the same time they are exhibiting that monstrosity on Pentadaxtilos telling every body that this is a part of Turkey.The influx into the occupied part of undesirable elements , criminals on run from the UK etc, must also be addressed by the Turkish leadership. Exposing Turkey's poor record on human rights and minority issues, might also help the Turkish Cypriots realize that their future is with Cyprus as equal citizens with equal human rights and not as part of Turkey still struggling to to come to terms with the 21 st century.
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Postby Kartal_Aetos » Fri Jun 30, 2006 7:07 pm

the flag is under the control of the army...WE (TC's) cant remove it...we dont have a say...and about the selling of GC properties...u think the RoC aint selling TC properties? there is a thread on cyprustales.com about a turkish cypriot lady who has been trying to get her property back for the last 3 years and there has been no help from the RoC government...there is problems on both sides...u'r concentrating too much on one side....

as for the aid package, why shouldn't my people receive any help? u must understand that that aid package benefits the TC people...RoC has received similar aid packages....its normal....
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