Europe Direct Information Centers launched in Cyprus
On June 16 and June 20, 2007, Cyprus Government Spokesman Vasilis Palmas and Cyprus Foreign Minister Yiorgos Lillikas respectively, inaugurated Europe Direct Information Centers, which aim to inform Cypriot citizens, both Greek and Turkish Cypriots, about the policies of the EU and the benefits from Cyprus’ membership to the EU.
One of the Centers is located in the premises of the European Institute of Cyprus (EIC) in Nicosia and will cover the District of Nicosia, Larnaca and Famagusta, while it will also inform the Turkish Cypriots. The other, is situated in Limassol and it will cover inhabitants of Limassol and Paphos on the west.
The Europe Direct Information Centers will provide the Cypriot citizens the chance to obtain information about the institutional instruments of the EU, its laws and policies as well as opportunities for EU funding through participation in European programs.
Mr. Lillikas noted that the fact that the Centre was operating from the Municipality of the Turkish occupied town of Famagusta, temporarily housed in premises in Limassol, “gives the clear message to everybody that the occupied municipalities constitute an indispensable part of Europe and their citizens have the same rights as all other European citizens.”
Mr. Palmas noted that the Cypriot government acknowledged particular importance of timely and accurate information of the citizens on European issues as provided by the European Commission.
The Head of the European Commission Representation in Cyprus Themis Themistocleous, underlined the need for information of EU citizens on the development and policies of Europe by stating that “An informed citizen, we hope, will be an active citizen.”
Finally, Cyprus Press and Information Office Director Yiannakis Solomou urged Cypriot Citizens to visit the centers and receive information about European Institutions, policies and the benefits arising from EU accession.