News Local Cyprus in charm offensive to host EU Labour Authority (video)

Cyprus in charm offensive to host EU Labour Authority (video)

Cyprus is one of four EU member states competing to host the headquarters of the European Labour Authority (ELA) with the campaign motto #ELAtoCyprus.

Bratislava (Slovakia),  Riga (Latvia) and Sophia (Bulgaria) also submitted bids by the May 6 deadline and the bids can be viewed on the website of the European Council.

A decision is expected in June. Should EU governments pick Cyprus, the new authority will be housed in the former Laiki headquarters  at the entrance to Nicosia which the government is offering to make available rent free.

Cyprus’ 60 page bid (  begins with an introduction from President Nicos Anastasiades.

“Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, is aspiring to host the European Labour Authority (ELA), expected to commence its workings within 2019. In a union of Solidarity, a Europe united in diversity, it would be the first ever European body to be hosted in Cyprus,” he writes.

“Hosting the Authority has been the natural outcome of Cyprus’ continuous support for the establishment of a common labour authority and its commitment to promoting fair working conditions, social cohesion, and the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights,” he adds.

The president notes that Cyprus, with an open, diverse and multicultural society, besides its abundant historical heritage and natural wealth, offers a uniquely safe and stable environment to live and work, as well as advanced infrastructure, high quality health services and social security, high educational standards for English or French speakers and numerous employment prospects.

Nicosia, an extraordinary modern city with captivating history, enjoys all the necessary conditions for successfully hosting ELA, offering all the necessary means and tools for an efficient working environment, as well as the ideal quality of life for its staff and families, he said.

Moreover, hosting ELA in Cyprus would also substantially increase EU’s visibility across the eastern and southern part of the Union.

“Choosing Nicosia would come as a vote of confidence to countries and citizens at the EU’s periphery sending a message of decentralisation, solidarity and equality of all its member states, further enriching the Union’s unique institutional set-up and the overall operating framework of its agencies,” he said.

When the ELA is at full strength, it will bring some 140 staff to work in its headquarters, implying a probable total of around 500 new arrivals in Cyprus including family members.

Read more



Top Stories

Car crashes into gate of Merkel’s office

A car with slogans scrawled on its sides crashed into the gate of the office of German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Wednesday,...

British royal Meghan speaks about miscarriage in New York Times article

Meghan, Britain's Duchess of Sussex, has revealed in an opinion article published in the New York Times on Wednesday that she had a miscarriage,...

Russia discusses possible Sputnik V vaccine production in Germany

Russia is discussing possible production of Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine in Germany, Interfax news agency reported late on Tuesday. The news agency was quoting Kirill Dmitriev,...

Health experts, President to decide on festive season’s preventive covid measures

President Nicos Anastasiades and the epidemiological advisory group on covid-19 on Wednesday morning began a meeting aiming to clarify the next steps to be...

ESM’s Regling says Cyprus should utilize EU pandemic funds to promote reforms

Cyprus should utilize EU pandemic funds to promote reforms that would diversify its economy, European Stability Mechanism General Director Klaus Regling told the Economist...


Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...


No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...