The Republic of Cyprus recognised the Republic of Estonia on 12 September 1991 and diplomatic relations were established on 22 January 1992.
The first Cypriot ambassador accredited to Estonia was Tasos Panayides (1994-1996, residing in Stockholm). Cyprus opened its Embassy in Helsinki in May 1999; following that the ambassador residing in Helsinki began to cover Estonia as of 2000. The current ambassador, Georgios Zodiatis, presented his credentials to President Kersti Kaljulaid on 16 October 2019.
Estonian ambassadors to Cyprus:
- Priit Pallum (2019, residing In Athens)
- Margus Rava (2013-2017, residing in Athens)
- Andres Talvik (2009-2013, residing in Athens)
- Peep Jahilo (2007-2009, residing in Athens)
- Andres Unga (2004-2007, residing in Athens)
- Jaak Jõerüüt (1994-2004, residing in Rome, later in Tallinn)
Estonia's vice honorary consul in Nicosia as of 2004 is George Loizou. Estonia's long-time honorary consul in the Republic of Cyprus (since 1997) was Michael H. Zampelas ( 3rd class Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana, 2005) who passed away in 2019.
|May 2017||Prime Minister Jüri Ratas|
|January 2016||Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas|
|April 2010||Foreign Minister Urmas Paet|
|October 2006||Prime Minister Andrus Ansip|
|January 2004||President Arnold Rüütel|
|October 2003||Chairman of the Riigikogu Ene Ergma|
|February 2008||Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou- Marcoullis|
|October 2006||Foreign Minister Georgios Lillikas|
|October 2004||President Tassos Papadopoulos|
November 2015 visit to Cyprus by Chairman of the Riigikogu European Union Affairs Committee Kalle Palling
October 2013 - A delegation of the EU and Foreign Affairs Committee of the Parliament of Cyprus visited Estonia; April 2005 - Visit to Cyprus of the Cyprian friendship group of the Riigikogu;
October 2004 - A delegation of the Cypriot Foreign Affairs Committee visited Estonia;
February 2002 - A delegation of the Riigikogu’s Foreign Affairs Committee visited Cyprus.
Bilateral relations between Estonia and Cyprus are very good. Two small nations, though geographically distant, share a similar understanding of an open and entrepreneurial society. The positive contacts developed during EU accession negotiations have given a strong base to the development of bilateral relations.
- Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation on e-governance and information and communication tehcnologies (signed 25.01.2016);
- Agreement on Co-operation in the Field of Tourism (came into force 12 December 1996);
- Agreement on Co-operation in the Field of Public Health and Medical Science (came into force 15 April 1998);
- Agreement on Abolition of Visa Requirement (came into force 11 June 1998);
- Aviation Agreement (came into force 24 July 1998);
- Agreement on International Road Transport (came into force 18 February 2000);
- Agreement on Economic, Scientific, Technical and Industrial Co-operation (came into force 16 July 2001);
- Agreement on the Fight Against Organised Crime and Other Forms of Crime (came into force 20 June 2004);
- Agreement on Co-operation in Trade and Chambers of Industry (came into force8 January 2004);
- Agreement on Cultural and Educational Co-operation (came into force 15 February 2005);
- Convention between Estonia and Cyprus for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to taxes on income (came into force 8 October 2013);
- Agreement on the Mutual Protection of Classified Information (signed 27 November 2012).
Economic relations between Estonia and Cyprus have developed over the years. The main economic agreements between Estonia and Cyprus have helped to create favourable conditions for economic co-operation.
Trade between Estonia and Cyprus 2014-2018 (in million euros):
Source: Statistics Estonia
Cyprus is one of the main destinations for Estonian direct investments. In 2018, the trade volume between Estonia and Cyprus was 17 mln EUR. Cyprus was Estonia´s 55th biggest trading partner overall. It was ranked 55th among Estonia’s export partners and 52nd among its import partners.
Primary sectors: transportation, warehousing, financial and insurance activities, wholesale and retail trade.
Direct investments from Cyprus in Estonia as of the same date rank 3rd with 1.2 bln EUR (17% of all direct investments in Estonia). The primary sectors for investments are the manufacturing industry, administrative and auxiliary activities, real estate activity, financial and insurance activity, wholesale and retail trade, and transport and warehousing.
Cooperation with Cyprus is based on the Agreement on Cultural and Educational Co-operation which came into force on 15 February 2005.
There have been occasional cultural events in Cyprus throughout the years, e.g concerts of Tobias String Quartet in Nicosia and Paphos in February 2010, and the Estonian National Opera performed G. Bizet´s „Carmen“ at the Aphrodite Festival in Cyprus in 2000. Additionally, in 2003, an exhibition of paintings introducing Cyprus’s sacral culture was presented in Tallinn’s St. Nicholas’ Church.
During the last years, much of the cooperation has been taken up through the Robotex Robotics Festival, the biggest robotics event in the world that has made its way from Estonia to Cyprus. The first Robotex was held in Nicosia in 2017. Robotex has become increasingly popular in Cyprus, it is being organised with help of volunteers and is supported by the Cyprus Computer Society and the University of Cyprus as well as other co-organisers. A 200-strong delegation arrived from Cyprus at the Robotex festival held in Tallinn, Estonia, in 2018.
The next Robotex Cyprus event will be held in Nicosia in June 2020.
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