EUROPEAN AFFAIRS - Landmarks



1st June 1973
The Association Agreement between Cyprus and the European Economic Community (EEC) comes into force, with the aim to establish a Customs Union Agreement between Cyprus and the EU in two phases and in a period of ten years. The implementation of the first phase of the agreement was delayed due to the Turkish invasion of 1974.


1st January 1988
The first phase of the Customs Union Agreement is completed and the Protocol for the implementation of the second phase enters into force.


4 July 1990
The Government of the Republic of Cyprus applies for full membership to the EU, representing the population of the whole island.


30th June 1993
The European Commission publishes a positive opinion (avis) for the full accession of Cyprus to the EU.


31st March 1998
The EU starts accession negotiations with Cyprus, Hungary, Poland, Estonia, the Czech Republic and Slovenia.


December 2002
All the chapters of the Community acquis in the framework of the accession negotiations are considered closed and Cyprus’ harmonization course with the EU is concluded.


13th December 2002
The European Council of Copenhagen decides that Cyprus together with nine other countries will accede to the European Union on 1st May 2004.


9th April 2003
The European Parliament votes in favour of Cyprus' accession to the EU


16th April 2003
Cyprus signs the Treaty of Accession in Athens. The Treaty is signed by nine other countries from the Central, Eastern and Southern Europe. According to a special Protocol, which was attached to the Accession Treaty, the implementation of the Acquis Communautaire is suspended in those areas of the Republic of Cyprus on which the Cyprus Government does not exercise full control.


14th July 2003
Cyprus’ accession process is completed with the ratification of the Accession Treaty by the House of Representatives of the Republic of Cyprus.




1st May 2004
Cyprus becomes officially a full member of the European Union.


30th June 2005
The plenary of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Cyprus ratifies the European Constitution.


13th December 2007
Cyprus with the other 26 EU member states signs the Treaty of Lisbon


1st January 2008
Cyprus adopts as its national currency the euro, the single currency shared by 19 member states of the European Union.


3rd July 2008
The Plenary of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Cyprus ratifies the Treaty of Lisbon.


1st July 2012
The Republic of Cyprus assumes, for the first time, the Presidency of the Council of the EU for the second semester of the year. The Cyprus Presidency cy2012.eu is part of the Trio Presidency Poland - Denmark - Cyprus.


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