Do pre-74 Cyprus householders qualify for EU citizenship?
MY FATHER built my family home in Bellapais in 1965. He was first director of the postindependence Cyprus Productivity Centre from 1962/63 onwards and the creator of “just in time” production technology.
This is now much-lauded by Japanese car makers, potentially pulling out of Britain after Brexit next March because parts from EU countries may not make it to the UK production line.
John L Burbidge and his wife Betty (buried in Girne’s British cemetery) loved Bellapais, as do my family, and now also their greatgrandchildren 55 years later.
My question is about EU citizenship. Do any of us Cyprus householders from before 1974 potentially qualify for EU citizenship even if our home village changed from Greek Cypriot to Turkish Cypriot neighbours at the time of, or soon after, the intervention? When Cyprus was accepted into the EU in 2003/4 it was, after all, “the whole island”.
Dick Burbidge, Bellapais
Editor’s note: The question was passed on the EU authorities in Cyprus, but no response had been received by the time Cyprus Today went to press.