Do pre-74 Cyprus house­hold­ers qual­ify for EU cit­i­zen­ship?

Cyprus Today - - LETTERS -

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.

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