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The Embassy of Cyprus in Berlin

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Address: Kurfürstendamm 182, Berlin, D-10707
Tel.: + 49 (0) 30 3086830

Fax: + 49 (0) 30 27591454

E-mail: info@botschaft-zypern.de

Opening hours of the Embassy: 09:00 - 17:00 (Mon. - Fr.)

The Ambassador

Amb. Andreas Hadjichrysanthou

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New ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus in the Federal Republic of Germany is Andreas Hadjichrysanthou. Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier received him on Monday, 24 April 2017, to receive his credentials. He replaces Ambassador Minas A. Hadjimichael, who has been active since 2012.

Hadjichrysanthou moves to Berlin from Nicosia, where since 2013 he has served as Director of the Cyprus Question Department and the Department of Turkey in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus. After studying sociology and European studies at the University of Strasbourg, Hadjichrysanthou first began his diplomatic career in the European Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus (1993-1996) before moving to Brussels and as First Secretary to the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Cyprus to the European Union (1996-2001). In addition, Hadjichrysanthou et al. Deputy High Commissioner of the Republic of Cyprus in London and Ambassador or Permanent Representative of the Republic of Cyprus to the United Nations in Geneva.

History

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German-Cypriot relations are considered to be one of the closest in the European Union. The Federal Republic of Germany established diplomatic relations with the Republic of Cyprus on 20 August 1960. Cyprus had gained independence on 16 August 1960. Cyprus’ accession to the European Union on 1st May 2004 improved the political, economic, and cultural relations between these two countries. Throughout the years, Germany and Cyprus have been able to establish close diplomatic relations, through numerous activities, missions and agreements (signed during a visit to Bonn by Makarios and Kucuk). During the Cold War, Germany was concerned about the influence of the East on Cyprus, although mostly satisfied with the development of the relations between the two countries.

Concerning political issues, there has always been a close and trustful cooperation between the two Republics. There have been visits by representatives from both countries, to each other’s countries, as well as conversations concerning the development of the ongoing negotiations between the two Cypriot communities on the island's reunification, and Turkey's EU accession process.

On an economic level, Germany is Cyprus' third largest supplier of goods, and the second most important destination for Cyprus's exports. Soon after Cyprus gained its independence, a trade and economic agreement was established between the two countries in 1961, followed by an air transport agreement (1967), a double taxation agreement (1974) and an agreement on cross-border passenger and freight transport (1980). The biggest economic relationship between the two countries nowadays is in the shipping sector.

At a cultural level, in 1971 a cultural agreement with the Republic of Cyprus was concluded. Today, the cornerstone of cultural relations between Germany and Cyprus is the Goethe Institute in Nicosia, which was re-opened in 2011.

There is a cultural association for each community, the German-Cypriot Cultural Association in the South, and the German-Turkish Cypriot Cultural Association in the North. Interest in the German language continues to grow, as evidenced by enrolment figures at the Goethe Institute and private language schools. Many Cypriots have studied in Germany, thanks to scholarships from the German foundations. Also, a centre for Interdisciplinary Cypriot Studies was established at the University of Münster in May 1997.  There are partnerships for exchange programmers from the two countries, as well.