On 1 May 2004 the Republic of Cyprus became a full member of the EU completing a long journey that lasted more than three decades. The President of the Republic of Cyprus, Tassos Papadopoulos, signed the Accession Treaty on 16 April 2003 in Athens, Greece and on 14 July the House of Representatives ratified the Treaty of Accession unanimously. In a statement during celebrations marking Cyprus' accession, the President of Cyprus said:

"This moment signals a momentous milestone in Cyprus' history. It is the second most important historic landmark after the proclamation of the Republic of Cyprus forty-four years ago. This moment marks the successful conclusion of a long effort and the hopeful beginning of a new course and a new era for Cyprus.

As from this moment, the Republic of Cyprus formally becomes a Member of the European Union. It becomes a full, integral and inseparable member of the great European family.

Our great joy for our accession to the European Union is overshadowed by our grief because we could not celebrate this moment together with our Turkish Cypriot compatriots and our great disappointment for the absence of a solution to our national problem.

Our accession to the European Union does not create rights only. It entails also obligations and responsibilities. We will claim and we will enjoy those rights. At the same time we will fulfil our obligations and undertake our responsibilities. Our aim and ambition is not to be a recalcitrant Member of the Union, but a constructive and creative partner."

President Tassos Papadopoulos and Foreign Minister George Iacovou sign the Cyprus EU Accession Treaty, in Athens, Greece (16 April 2003)President Tassos Papadopoulos and Foreign Minister George Iacovou sign the Cyprus EU Accession Treaty, in Athens, Greece (16 April 2003) The former President of the Republic Mt Tassos Papadopoulos in Athens for the signing of the Accession Treaty 16.04.2003 Signing of the Association Agreement with the European Economic Community 19.12.1972 The former President of the Republic Mr Glafkos Clerides with Jacques Delors, President of the European Commission 15.07.1993 Cyprus EU Accession Treaty 16.04.2003 Banknotes and coins of the Euro in Cyprus The President of the Republic with the President of the European Commission Jos Manuel Barroso
The President of the Republic with the President of the European Parliament  Martin Shultz 08.10.2010The President of the Republic with the President of the European Parliament Martin Shultz 08.10.2010 Banknotes and coins of the Euro in Cyprus The Cyprus flag amongst the rest of the flags of the European family

One of the protocols on Cyprus that was annexed to the Treaty provides for the suspension of the application of the acquis in the northern, Turkish-occupied part of the island, to be lifted in the event of a solution. It also states that the EU is ready "to accommodate the terms of a settlement in line with the principles on which the EU is founded", and expresses the desire that the accession of Cyprus should benefit all Cypriots.

Furthermore, on 13 December 2007 the President of Cyprus, together with the other EU leaders, signed the Treaty of Lisbon amending the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty establishing the European Community. The Cyprus House of Representatives ratified the Treaty on 3 July 2008.

On 1 January 2008, Cyprus joined the Eurozone and adopted the Euro as its official currency.

Cyprus has always been a part of the European family of nations. Accession to the EU was a natural choice for Cyprus, one that was dictated by its culture and civilisation, its history, its European outlook and its traditions of democracy and freedom.

Cyprus has a lot to benefit from EU membership. It also has a lot to offer as a member-state. The geographic position of the country, the healthy state of its economy, the devotion of the people to the ideals of the EU are all elements which enable Cyprus to contribute to the stability and welfare of the European family, regardless of its small size. Situated at the intersection of important transport and communications routes linking Europe to the Middle East and Asia, Cyprus aspires to become the region's economic and financial operations centre, a major communications and transport hub, and a meeting place for peoples and cultures. With its advanced technical infrastructure and skilled human resources it can become a bridge from where European enterprises launch their activities. Moreover, it can act as a shield, protecting Europe from the threat of terrorism, the inflow of narcotics, illegal immigration, money laundering, and trafficking in human beings.

The process of EU enlargement demonstrates the common determination of the peoples of Europe to come together in a Union that has become the driving force for the consolidation of stability, security, peace, democracy and sustainable growth in Europe and beyond. As a full member of the Union, Cyprus is working actively with all other member-states in shaping the future development of Europe and in completing the ambitious project of European reunification and integration.

The President of the Republic with the President of the European Parliament, Mr Martin Schulz, Nicosia, 31 May  1 June 2012The President of the Republic with the President of the European Parliament, Mr Martin Schulz, Nicosia, 31 May 1 June 2012 The President of the Republic with Olli Rehn 13.02.2009 The President of the Republic with the President of the European Parliament  Martin Shultz  08.10.2010 The President of the Republic with the President of the European Parliament  Martin Shultz  08.10.2010 The President of the Republic with the President of the European Parliament  Martin Shultz  08.10.2010 The President of the Republic with the President of the European Parliament  Martin Shultz  08.10.2010 The President of the Republic with the President of the European Parliament, Mr Martin Schulz, Nicosia, 31 May  1 June 2012 The President of the Republic with the President of the European Parliament, Mr Martin Schulz, Nicosia, 31 May  1 June 2012 Visit of the President of the European Commission Mr Barroso to Cyprus in the framework of Cyprus accession to the euro in 18.01.2008 The President of the European Commission in Cyprus for the celebrations of the accession of Cyprus to the Euro  18.01.2008
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The EU has taken a firm position regarding the Cyprus problem, a position that respects the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and unity of the country, in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions and the high-level agreements between the two communities. While the UN Secretary-General's mission of good offices has provided the framework for a negotiated settlement of the Cyprus problem, the EU is now expected to assume a central role in assuring that any proposed settlement conforms to its principles and legal norms.

As President Demetris Christofias stated in his inaugural speech on 28 February 2008: "The European Union can and should play a role in the efforts to solve the Cyprus problem. We look forward to the solidarity of our European partners and we expect that they will contribute toward breaking the deadlock and solving the Cyprus problem."

The president also reiterated that Cyprus will be an active partner in the EU, noting that: "As a member of the European Union, the Republic of Cyprus will participate actively in developments in Europe, with the goal of realising the vision of a socially sensitive Europe. Cyprus can become a bridge between Europe and the countries in our region and also with countries with which our island maintains relations within the ranks of the non-aligned movement."

 
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