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Cyprus

(last updated: April 2018)


The Republic of Cyprus recognised the Republic of Estonia on 12 September 1991 and diplomatic relations were established on 22 January 1992.

The ambassador of Cyprus to Estonia is Evangelos Savva (since 12 February 2015), who resides in Helsinki.

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.

Estonian ambassadors to Cyprus:

  • Priit Pallum (2018, 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 honorary consul in the Republic of Cyprus since 1997 is Michael H. Zampelas (who earned the 3rd class Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana in 2005). Estonia's vice honorary consul in Nicosia as of 2004 is George Loizou.

Visits

To Cyprus
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
To Estonia
February 2008 Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou- Marcoullis
October 2006 Foreign Minister Georgios Lillikas
October 2004 President Tassos Papadopoulos

Parliamentary visits:

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

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.

Agreements

 

  • 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

Economic relations between Estonia and Cyprus have developed from year to year. The main economic agreements between Estonia and Cyprus have helped to create favourable conditions for economic co-operation.


Trade between Estonia and Cyprus 2006-2017 (in million euros):

Year Export Import
2017 41,8 14,0
2016 15,7 6,2
2015 17,9 5,1
2014 16,6 6,9
2013 52,6 7,8
2012 9.0 7.6
2011 9.3 7.6
2010 10.4 3.5
2009 3.9 3.1
2008 2.3 4.8
2007 1.8 3.9
2006 2.5 5.0

Source: Statistics Estonia

 

Main export articles to Cyprus:

  • Gems and precious metals
  • Mineral products
  • Machinery and equipment
  • Vehicles

Main import articles from Cyprus:

  • Metals and metal products (ferrous metal)
  • Machinery and equipment 
  • Plastics and plastic products 
  • Chemical products 

Investments

Cyprus is one of the main destinations for Estonian direct investments. As of December, Cyprus ranks 2nd with 1 158,6 million euros (18% of all direct investments).

Primary sectors: transportation, warehousing, financial and insurance activities, wholesale and retail trade.

Direct investments from Cyprus in Estonia as of the same date rank 8th with 563,1 million euros (2,9% 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.

There are 111 businesses with Cypriot participation registered in Estonia as of 17 March 2014.

Cultural relations

From time to time it is possible to enjoy Estonian culture in Cyprus or experience a bit of Cypriot culture in Estonia.

In February of 2010 the Tobias String Quartet gave concerts in Nicosia and Paphos.
In 2003, an exhibition of paintings introducing Cyprus’s sacral culture was presented in Tallinn’s St. Nicholas’ Church.
In September 2000, the Estonian National Opera performed G. Bizet’s "Carmen" at the Aphrodite Festival in Cyprus.

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