is cyprus in the eu?

The day Cyprus joined the European Union, along with nine other countries. Cyprus was accepted into the EU in its entirety, although EU legislation is suspended in northern Cyprus until the Cyprus problem is finally resolved. The Republic of Cyprus occupies two-thirds of the island to the south, and the Turkish Republic the northern third. The Republic of Cyprus and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus maintain international relations with most countries.

Cyprus remained a Turkish colony leased from the British Empire and later became a Crown Colony in 1925.Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots experience ethnic conflicts which are manifested in the division of Cyprus and constant attacks since Cyprus' independence. Olive oil, an important product during Roman times, was the main trade item sold both locally and outside Cyprus. Intra-EU trade accounts for 28% of Cyprus' exports (Greece 6% and Italy 2%), while outside the EU 15% goes to the Cayman Islands and 9% to Libya. Cyprus has 5 representatives on the European Committee of the Regions, the EU's assembly of regional and local representatives.

These conflicts arose when each ethnic faction hoped for the incorporation of Cyprus into Greece or Turkey rather than recognising Cyprus as a country in its own right. The Republic of Cyprus maintains diplomatic relations with some 178 mainly European countries and is also a member of the European Union. As Cyprus' embassy to the EU, its main task is to ensure that the country's interests and policies are pursued as effectively as possible in the EU. The money Cyprus contributes to the EU budget helps fund programmes and projects in all EU countries, such as building roads, subsidising researchers and protecting the environment.

The influence of the Turkish and Greek occupiers in Cyprus is the most notable and has lasted until today. The inhabitants of Cyprus are of Greek or Turkish origin and have strong cultural and historical roots with their countries of origin. In the Middle Ages, Cyprus was under the influence of several empires, including the Byzantine, Ottoman and British empires. Cyprus is a Mediterranean island located south of Turkey, southeast of Greece, north of Egypt, northwest of Israel and Lebanon and west of Syria.

The Commissioner nominated by Cyprus to the European Commission is Stella Kyriakides, responsible for Health and Food Safety.

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