European Commission pledges a budget extension of EUR 358,000 for CMP operations
(Brussels, 28 June) In response to a budget extension request made by the CMP to help cover its increasing identification costs, the European Commission has confirmed to the three CMP Members in Brussels that an ad hoc extension of EUR 358,000 had exceptionally been granted. This budget extension to the Commission's 2018 contribution of EUR 2.6 million will help cover increasing DNA costs resulting from more complex cases that the CMP has to deal with in order to re-associate human remains that were mixed up in mass graves. On behalf of the families of missing persons in Cyprus, the CMP Members expressed their gratitude to the European Commission, by far its largest donor since the project started in 2006.
The CMP Members met in Brussels on 26 and 27th of June with Kjartan Björnsson, Head of the Cyprus Settlement Support Unit at the European Commission. At the European Parliament, they met with Juan Fernando López Aguilar, Standing Rapporteur on Missing Persons in Cyprus, Cecilia Wikström, Chair of the Conference of Chairs, Raimer Böge, Member of the Committee on Budgets as well as with five MEP from Cyprus, Dr. Eleni Theocharous, Takis Hadjigeorgiou, Neoklis Sylikiotis, Costas Mavrides and Demetris Papadakis.