On 19 September 2019, an Agreement was signed between the Executive Director of the EASO, Nina Gregori, and the Minister of Interior of Cyprus, Constantinos Petrides,in Nicosia, Cyprus. The Agreement clarifies the legal status of EASO in CYPRUS which will allow a better support to the asylum authorities.
In response to the increased pressures on the Cypriot authorities, EASO has been expanding the technical and operational assistance it has been providing to the country since 2014. In December 2018, a new Operating Plan was signed with Cyprus to further bolster EASO’s assistance in light of a recent surge in asylum applications.
Specifically, the Agency is supporting the Cypriot Authorities with the registration of applications for international protection and in improving reception conditions, not only in the accommodation centre in Kofinou but also in the newly established first reception centre in Kokkinotrimithia. EASO is also increasing its capacity to stabilize and reduce the backlog of pending cases. Under the new Operating Plan, EASO is also supporting the Cypriot authorities in the area of data management and coordination.