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Parliamentary questions
9 June 2017
E-003854-17
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 130
Lefteris Christoforou (PPE)

 Subject:  Need to establish a European agency in Cyprus
 Answer(s) 

Cyprus has been a Member State since 2004, and its ties with the EU and its membership of the Customs Union go back decades.

During its European path, Cyprus has demonstrated that it is steadily and consistently in line with the European ideal, and its presence in the EU is synonymous with its positive contribution at all European levels. Cyprus has been successfully meeting all its European obligations in both economic and political terms and coped well with the Council Presidency.

I firmly believe that Cyprus meets all the requirements for hosting a European agency. I think it can host one of the two agencies which will be released by Great Britain after Brexit, i.e. either the European Medicines Agency or the European Banking Union.

1. What steps will the Commission take to support small countries like Cyprus with hosting a European agency as part of the equal treatment of Member States? 2. Does the Commission consider that it is fair and objective for some Member States to have more than one European agency while some others do not have any? 3. How does it ensure equitable geographical distribution of European agencies?

Original language of question: EL 
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