European Union

Relations between Cyprus and the EU date back to the 1970%26rsquo;s when the government of the Republic of Cyprus signed an Association Agreement with the European Economic Community (EEC) in 1972.

These relations were steadily developed over the years despite the difficult circumstances created in the island by the 1974 Turkish invasion and occupation of a large part of its territory. The invasion and occupation of Cyprus led to the delay of the signing of the Customs Union Agreement with the EEC, which was finally signed in 1987.

By the end of the 1980%26rsquo;s, Cyprus%26rsquo; relations with the EEC were mainly of a trading character. Following the submission of the application of Cyprus to join the EU in July 1990, Cyprus%26rsquo; European relations were upgraded and they were set in a new framework making Cyprus%26rsquo; accession course the government%26rsquo;s main political choice. The aim of Cyprus%26rsquo; accession to the EU is to safeguard a peaceful future for all Cypriots on the island in conditions of safety and prosperity.

Cyprus%26rsquo; accession course is pursued steadily by the government of the Republic within the general framework of the EU%26rsquo;s own enlargement policy. It is also part of the Mediterranean dimension of the EU%26rsquo;s enlargement and its policy of creating conditions of stability, security and cooperation in the region.

The accession procedure does not replace Cyprus%26rsquo; main aim, which is the resolution of the Cyprus problem.

The main historical landmarks of the evolution of Cyprus%26rsquo; relations with the EU are the following:

1, Association Agreement, 1973
2. Customs Union, 1987
3. Submission of the application for Cyprus%26rsquo; Accession to the EU, 1990
4. European Commission%26rsquo;s Opinion (Avis), 1993
5. Corfu European Council Decision, 1994
6. Decision of 6 March 1995
7. Luxembourg European Council Decision, 1997
8. Beginning of Accession Negotiations, 1998

Cyprus-EU Accession Negotiations
European Institute of Cyprus