The European Commission has approved a new annual Action Programme costing 34.5 million euros to support the development of the Turkish Cypriot community to aid the reunification of Cyprus.
Top of the agenda are the preparation of basic infrastructure projects and continued support and funding environmental protection, in particular water pollution and air quality.
The European Commission representative in Cyprus said that steps were being taken to develop a better entrepreneurial ecosystem and an enhanced culture of innovation.
Education and the labour market will be aided by vocational training and support given by a wide-ranging programme for science laboratories in schools.
Additionally, a considerable sum will be allocated for the Committee on Missing Persons and the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritages. There will also be provision for confidence building measures.
Finally, the programme will also aid continuation of information technology activities in the Turkish Cypriot community regarding the EU.