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European Commission funding for bicommunal committees

File photo of UN special representative Elizabeth Spehar

A European Commission mechanism offering financial support of the bicommunal technical committees to the tune of €1 million over two years has been set up.

The money will go towards funding projects and consultants.

The co-presidents of the bicommunal technical committees were informed on Wednesday on the application procedure that they will need to follow to retrieve funding.

The financial support mechanism was announced by the European Commission on Tuesday, which said that as part of its support for confidence-building measures (CBMs) between the two communities of Cyprus, it has reached a new agreement with the UNDP, whereby it will offer financial support amounting to €1 million over the course of two years.

In a meeting at the old Nicosia airport located in the UN-protected area, the Geek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot co-presidents of the technical committees met with the UN special representative Elizabeth Spehar, a representative of the UN office in Cyprus dealing with the issue of technical committees, a representative of the European Commission, and the head of office of the UNDP in Cyprus, Tiziana Zennaro.

One quarter of the sum will go toward the creation of an office that will be responsible for informing and assisting the technical committees on the online application procedure that will allow them to retrieve and utilise funds. The office will be hosted in the old Nicosia airport.

Applications will be examined by a committee, which will be composed of a representative of the European Commission, the UNDP, the UN office in Cyprus and two coordinators of the technical committees.

The committees will be able to apply for funding for short-term and long-term projects, as well as for consultant fees.

The evaluation committee will meet once a month.

The European Commission representative said the agreement is for two years but could be extended if the scheme is successful

 

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