Green Line Reg­u­la­tion born out of ne­ces­sity

Financial Mirror (Cyprus) - - CYPRUS -

The Green Line Trad­ing came into power af­ter cross­ing points opened in 2003 fol­low­ing mass demon­stra­tions by Turk­ish Cypri­ots, and Cyprus’ ac­ces­sion to the EU af­ter the fail­ure of the Anan Plan Ref­er­en­dum aim­ing to re­unite the is­land in 2004.

With the coun­try en­ter­ing the Euro­pean Union, but re­main­ing di­vided, and the Cyprus Repub­lic not hav­ing con­trol over a sig­nif­i­cant part of its ter­ri­tory, an anom­aly was cre­ated within the EU which had to be ad­dressed.

As cross­ings had al­ready opened in 2003, an is­sue of move­ment of peo­ple and goods across a cease­fire line arose.

The Reg­u­la­tion pro­vides a sta­ble le­gal frame­work for the cross­ings of Cypri­ots, other EU cit­i­zens and third coun­try na­tion­als who cross the Green Line at au­tho­rised cross­ing points. The Cyprus Repub­lic is re­spon­si­ble for mak­ing sure that the reg­u­la­tion is ap­plied, with the lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the Euro­pean Com­mit­tee is­su­ing an an­nual mon­i­tor­ing re­port.

Ac­cord­ing to the Green Line Reg­u­la­tion, goods may be in­tro­duced from non­govern­ment-con­trolled ar­eas into gov­ern­ment-con­trolled ar­eas, pro­vided that they are lo­cal pro­duce and are ac­com­pa­nied by a doc­u­ment is­sued by the Turk­ish Cypriot Cham­ber of Com­merce (KTTO).

Al­though Turk­ish Cypri­ots did not adopt the EU reg­u­la­tion, they cre­ated a mir­ror reg­u­la­tion to fa­cil­i­tate Greek Cypriot prod­ucts be­ing traded through the Green Line, also ac­com­pa­nied by doc­u­ments is­sued by the Cyprus Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try.

It is noted that prod­ucts traded through the Green Line Reg­u­la­tion are mainly for lo­cal con­sump­tion. Based on in­for­ma­tion col­lected to date, only a small num­ber of prod­ucts from the north have been ex­ported abroad, such as Cypriot De­lights (Turk­ish De­lights/Louk­oumi), alu­minium scrap, cop­per and a small amount of fresh pro­duce.

Neok­lis Sy­liki­o­tis, former Trade Min­is­ter and cur­rently MEP for AKEL and the GUE/NGL group, told the Fi­nan­cial Mir­ror that the reg­u­la­tion was es­sen­tially a com­pro­mise made by the Cyprus Repub­lic to pre­vent the “pseudo state in the north to ob­tain a spe­cial trade sta­tus with the EU, which would es­sen­tially see it take on a sta­tus sim­i­lar to that of Tai­wan”.

He said that the dan­ger has yet to be elim­i­nated and may be re­vived if the com­pe­tent au­thor­i­ties con­tinue to pose ob­sta­cles to the reg­u­la­tion and trade be­tween the two sides.

“We need to ap­ply the reg­u­la­tion to the let­ter. If we do not do so, the mat­ter of di­rect trade with the Euro­pean Union (and the north) will be put once more on the agenda of the union,” Sy­liki­o­tis said. He stressed, how­ever, that the GLR should be treated as a tem­po­rary mea­sure.

“It should not be­come a per­ma­nent state of af­fairs as it will only help to pro­long the cur­rent sta­tus quo”.

Not ev­ery politi­cian’s cup of cof­fee

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