Turkish Cypriot
Chamber of Commerce

Brussels Representation Newsletter

ISSUE 17, 18 December 2014



UK’s Europe Minister meets the Presidents of Chambers of Commerce in Cyprus

United Kingdom’s Minister for Europe, David Lidington, who visited Cyprus during 25-26 November,2014, met Fikri Toros and Phidias Pilides, the Presidents of the Chambers of Commerce in Cyprus. Minister Lidington participated to the radio programme at the civil society media centre, together with the Presidents to discuss the economic benefits of a comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem. Reaffirming the UK’s strong commitment to support efforts by both communities to reach a comprehensive settlement, Minister Lidington said that the status-quo in Cyprus was not sustainable. Referring to UK’s experience with Northern Ireland, the Minister underlined the important role of the business community and the economic relations in building trust and in peace making. Emphasizing that the solution of the Cyprus problem would benefit all Cypriots, Lidington invited the presidents of the two Chambers to the UK, to share this message with a wider audience. READ MORE

KTTO President Toros visits Brussels  

Fikri Toros, the president of the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce (KTTO), visited Brussels during 17-21 November, 2014, to hold meetings with the European Union officials and exchange views on issues of common interest. The recent developments in the so called exclusive economic zone of Cyprus, the application lodged by the Greek Cypriot government on 17 July 2014 to register Hellim/Halloumi as a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) in the EU, and the pending issues with regard to trade across the Green Line were among the issues on top of Toros’s agenda. READ MORE 

Turkey’s Chief Negotiator for EU visits Cyprus

Turkey’s EU Minister and Chief Negotiator Volkan Bozkır visited North Cyprus on December 3, 2014, just before the crucial Turkey-Greece High Level Cooperation Council summit in Athens, that was held under the co-chairmanship of Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and his Greek counterpart Antonis Samaras.

During his visit, Minister Bozkır who met with the Turkish Cypriot President Dr.Derviş Eroğlu as well as other high-level officials, also came together with the delegations of the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce (KTTO) and the Cyprus Turkish Chamber of Industry (KTSO) to discuss the economic prospects of a solution, Turkish Cypriot  business community’s preparation for the EU integration, as well as the recent developments on the PDO registration of hellim/halloumi cheese in the EU. READ MORE


KTTO intensifies its efforts for regional cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean

A delegation led by Fikri Toros, President of Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce, visited İzmir Chamber of Commerce aiming to discuss enhancing regional cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean. While the visit covered a range of issues related to economic and commercial cooperation between the two Chambers, the delegations also discussed how regional actors can contribute to the reconciliation efforts in Cyprus since İzmir Chamber of Commerce has long been recognized as one of the driving forces behind the Turkish-Greek economic cooperation in the Aegean Sea.

During the meeting, Ekrem Demirtaş, President of Izmir Chamber of Commerce, provided detailed information on how economic cooperation led to the improvement of relations between Turkey and Greece. Demirtaş also expressed his Chamber's readiness to play its part in supporting the peace process in Cyprus. Fikri Toros thanked Mr.Demirtaş for his hospitality and explained the ongoing efforts of the Cypriot business communities in contributing to the peace process in Cyprus. “ Solution of the Cyprus problem will also help the economic and political stability in the region" Toros said and he welcomed the strong willingness expressed by Mr. Demirtaş in supporting the peace process. "The business communities on both sides of the Aegean Sea  are contributing significantly in thawing of relations between the two countries (Turkey and Greece) and is indeed a big inspiration to us.” he concluded.

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Established in 1958, the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce (KTTO) is an internationally-recognized organization, representing the Turkish Cypriot business community at home and abroad.  READ MORE


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