Turkish Cypriot
Chamber of Commerce

Brussels Representation Newsletter

ISSUE 12, 16 May 2014


Europe Day Celebrated in North Cyprus


Europe day was celebrated in North Cyprus on 9 May with a reception co-hosted by the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce (KTTO) and the European Commission Representation in Cyprus. The reception which took place at historical Bedestan, recently renovated by EU funds, attended among others by government officials, foreign dignitaries and civil society representatives. Fikri Toros, President of KTTO, and George Markopouliotis, Head of EU Representation Office in Cyprus addressed the invitees respectively.

While praising what the EU has achieved so far by creating synergy and cooperation among the member states, Toros said “The economic and social life of the Turkish Cypriots could not be eased the way it was originally planned by the EU in 2004”. He expressed his hope that ways would be found to change the current state of affairs, and reiterated KTTO’s commitment to cooperation with the EU.

Interview with the new KTTO President Mr. Fikri Toros

In this issue of our newsletter, we interviewed Mr. Fikri Toros, the newly elected President of KTTO. Mr. Toros told us about his priorities for his term, legacy he wants to leave behind, the Chamber’s role in preparing the Turkish Cypriot business community for a future comprehensive settlement and the EU membership. We also talked about the ongoing Cyprus peace process, confidence building measures and his expectations from the EU. 

For the full interview, please click here.


On the 10th anniversary of 2004 EU Enlargement, Cyprus remains divided and Turkish Cypriots still deprived of enjoying the benefits of EU membership

On 1 May 2014, EU marked the 10th anniversary of the admission of 10 countries into the European Union, including Cyprus. It also led to the suspension of the EU acquis communutaire in Northern Cyprus, which created an unprecedented situation for all involved and continues to complicate life for Turkish Cypriots and the EU alike. A majority in Europe today considers the 2004 EU membership of a divided Cyprus as the biggest flaw of the 2004 enlargement process. READ MORE


KTTO will take part in the “Let’s do it! North Cyprus” campaign

As a part of its commitment to actively contribute to the society and address various environmental and social issues, KTTO is preparing to take part in the “Let’s do it!North Cyprus” clean-up campaign which will take place on 5 June 2014. The campaign aims to get rid of illegal garbage from roadsides, forests and towns, cleaning the entire country with the support of volunteers in just 5 hours. Let’s do it! North Cyprus is part of the international “Let’s Do it! World” movement which was born in 2008 in Estonia and has been joined by 111 countries,engaging about 9 million volunteers so far. In North Cyprus,100,000 volunteers are expected to join the clean up action, which is the highest ratio of volunteers to its population. KTTO, as the largest business representative organisation with its 3000 member base will support and participate in the campaign.

About Us

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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