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EU announces fresh aid for Turkish Cypriots

Some of the funding will go towards improving science labs in schools

The European commission on Wednesday adopted a new annual action programme for Turkish Cypriots amounting to €34.5 million.

The money is aimed at facilitating reunification by encouraging the economic development of the community with the view of improving contacts between the Greek and Turkish Cypriots and the EU.

According to a press release, priorities of the programme include the continued support of infrastructure projects and environmental protection, notably in the area of air quality and water pollution.

Entrepreneurship and innovation will be encouraged, while the education and the labour market sectors will benefit from better vocational education and a large-scale programme for science labs in schools.

Money will also be set aside for the committee on missing persons and bi-communal technical committees, including the technical committee on cultural heritage.

Finally, the programme will secure the continuation of EU information and communication activities in the Turkish Cypriot community.

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