Technical Committees informed about EC funding facility during meeting with Spehar and other officials

Co-chairs of the bicommunal Technical Committees in Cyprus were informed on Wednesday during a meeting in the UN-protected area in Nicosia, with the participation of the UNSGs Special Representative in Cyprus, Elizabeth Spehar, and other officials from the UN good offices mission in Cyprus, UNDP in Cyprus, and the European Commission about the new “Support to the Bi-Communal Technical Committees Facility” and the way it will be implemented.

The European Commission announced on Tuesday, as part of its support to confidence building measures, the signature of the new “Support to the Bi-Communal Technical Committees Facility” contribution agreement with UNDP. The contribution agreement is for a value of Euros 1 million with a duration of two years.

According to the press release issued by the Commission the facility will support the work of the Technical Committees, established by the two leaders under the auspices of the United Nations. It will seek to enable cooperation and encourage greater interaction and understanding between the communities by addressing issues that affect the day-to-day life of people. The work of the facility aims to help build confidence and thereby contribute to a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus issue.

CNA has learned that during Wednesdays meeting that was also attended by the coordinators of the two communities for the Technical Committees, Adrianos Kyriakides and Meltem Onurkan Samani, the Greek Cypriot and tje Turkish Cypriot co-chairs of the Committees, were informed about the process they should follow with a view to submit their applications for the funding of their projects.

As it was noted 25% of the funding will be used to cover organizational costs. An office has operated in the UN-protected area in Nicosia and an officer who will work there three days a week will be availabe to provide help when required by the Technical Committees.

Applications for funding will be examined by a Committee comprising a European Commission representative, a UN office in Cyprus representative, a UNDP representative and the coordinators of the two communities for the Technical Committees, which can apply for long-term and one off projects as well as for funding for their consultants.

The Committee will meet once a month or more often when needed and as it was noted will try to examine applications the soonest possible.

Meanwhile the Technical Committees will continue to be able to get funding from other sources as well.

Source: Cyprus News Agency

Technical Committees informed about EC funding facility during meeting with Spehar and other officials

Co-chairs of the bicommunal Technical Committees in Cyprus were informed on Wednesday during a meeting in the UN-protected area in Nicosia, with the participation of the UNSGs Special Representative in Cyprus, Elizabeth Spehar, and other officials from the UN good offices mission in Cyprus, UNDP in Cyprus, and the European Commission about the new “Support to the Bi-Communal Technical Committees Facility” and the way it will be implemented.

The European Commission announced on Tuesday, as part of its support to confidence building measures, the signature of the new “Support to the Bi-Communal Technical Committees Facility” contribution agreement with UNDP. The contribution agreement is for a value of Euros 1 million with a duration of two years.

According to the press release issued by the Commission the facility will support the work of the Technical Committees, established by the two leaders under the auspices of the United Nations. It will seek to enable cooperation and encourage greater interaction and understanding between the communities by addressing issues that affect the day-to-day life of people. The work of the facility aims to help build confidence and thereby contribute to a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus issue.

CNA has learned that during Wednesdays meeting that was also attended by the coordinators of the two communities for the Technical Committees, Adrianos Kyriakides and Meltem Onurkan Samani, the Greek Cypriot and tje Turkish Cypriot co-chairs of the Committees, were informed about the process they should follow with a view to submit their applications for the funding of their projects.

As it was noted 25% of the funding will be used to cover organizational costs. An office has operated in the UN-protected area in Nicosia and an officer who will work there three days a week will be availabe to provide help when required by the Technical Committees.

Applications for funding will be examined by a Committee comprising a European Commission representative, a UN office in Cyprus representative, a UNDP representative and the coordinators of the two communities for the Technical Committees, which can apply for long-term and one off projects as well as for funding for their consultants.

The Committee will meet once a month or more often when needed and as it was noted will try to examine applications the soonest possible.

Meanwhile the Technical Committees will continue to be able to get funding from other sources as well.

Source: Cyprus News Agency