“The European Commission has not received notification from the Republic of Cyprus about the construction of new fencing or a change in its policy in surveillance of the Green Line”, European Commission Spokesperson Vivian Loonela told CNA during the daily midday briefing in Brussels.
Invited to comment on whether the EC has received an official notification for the construction of the fence, the Spokesperson said that “the Commission has not received notification from the Republic of Cyprus about the construction of new fencing or a change in its policy in surveillance of the Green Line.”
Furthermore, asked whether the authorities had an obligation to notify the EC, the Spokesperson noted that, “Article 10 GLR provides that “Any change in the policy of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus on crossings of persons or goods shall only become effective after the proposed changes have been notified to the Commission and the Commission has not objected to these changes within one month.”
She then recalled that “the Green Line Regulation Article 3 provides that “Effective surveillance shall be carried out by the Republic of Cyprus all along the line, in such a way as to discourage people from circumventing checks at the crossing points referred to”.
“The Commission is looking into the new and situation on the ground and discussing that with the authorities in Cyprus”, she concluded.