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Commission official visits monastery in the north

EUROPEAN Commission Deputy Director General for DG Enlargement, Joost Korte, yesterday visited the Monastery of Ayios Panteleimonas in the north, which is slated for renovations using EU& funding.

During the site visit, Korte met Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot representatives of the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage and of the United Nations Development Programme Partnership for the Future (UNDP-PFF).

The Monastery of Ayios Panteleimonas is one of the many monuments island wide selected by the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage to benefit from EU funded and UNDP-PFF implemented emergency measures and/or conservation projects.

Since 2012, some €4 million in EU funds have been provided by the European Commission to implement the priorities of the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage.

“Korte’s visit highlighted once again the commitment and support of the European Union to these successful bi-communal projects,” a European Commission statement said.

The Monastery of Ayios Panteleimonas is currently under study by UNDP-PFF and the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage. A tender for the project preparation has already been launched and it is expected that the first phase for the emergency and/or conservation works will start within the first quarter of 2014.

“Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot members of the Technical Committee accompanied Korte on a tour of the Monastery area, and he encouraged the Technical Committee to continue their hard work, which sets a clear example of what the two communities can achieve when working together,” the Commission said.

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