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Green Line Regulation for movement of citrus implemented
2005-10-24 12:10:51

Nicosia, Oct 21 (CNA) - The European Commission Green Line Regulation allowing the movement of citrus from the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus to the customs area of the EU through the ceasefire line without the imposition of customs duties, has entered into force, the Cypriot government announced today.

Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides told reporters after the cabinet meeting that ''a relevant proposal was submitted to the European Commission by the government of Cyprus in the framework of its policy for improving the opportunities for economic cooperation between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots and of Turkish Cypriots with the rest of the EU internal market, as well as for improving the conditions for the unification of the Cyprus economy.''

Chrysostomides said ''the government considers that the adoption of the Regulation provides significant opportunities to Turkish Cypriots as it allows the movement of citrus, which constitute one third of their total annual exports, in the customs territory of the Community without being subject to any duties.''

Citrus are among those products exempted from VAT.

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