European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will travel to Cyprus this week (Thursday 16 July and Friday 17 July) at the invitation of President Nikos Anastasiades.
It will be President Juncker’s first official visit to the island since becoming President of the European Commission. The President will be accompanied by the Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides.
President Juncker will meet President Anastasiades on Thursday to discuss prospects for the country’s economy and how Cyprus can benefit from the Investment Plan for Europe. Energy questions and progress in the Cyprus talks will also feature high on the agenda. President Juncker will, on the second day, address the plenary of the House of Representatives and will have the opportunity to meet Speaker Yiannakis Omirou and the leaders of the political parties represented in the House.
President Juncker will also meet Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci with whom he will discuss, amongst other issues, how the Commission can better help the Turkish-Cypriot Community to prepare for the period after the settlement of the Cyprus issue. President Juncker and the two leaders will have a working lunch together at Nicosia’s buffer zone.