For the third year running member states of the Postal Union for the Mediterranean “Euromed” are issuing a single stamp. This year’s common theme is “Fish of the Mediterranean”.
The Mediterranean sea is home to more than 1.700 species of fish and long before the Agricultural Revolution fishing villages might have appeared along the coastlines.
Archaeologists excavating 30.000 year old human sites have found only seashells from the Mediterranean but we can surmise that fish have been a staple diet of humans from times immemorial.
The €1,88 stamp depicts a montage of give species, namely: The Painted Comber, the Parrot Fish, the Peacock Wrasse, the Annular Sea Bream and the Snapper as symbols of the sea wealth.

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The European Parliament Office in Cyprus, the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Cyprus Post, in cooperation with the Philatelic Advisory Committee are organizing a competition among 2nd Lyceum pupils entitled ‘Stamp Art: The EU and Cyprus All Around the World!’ The main aim is to promote the European identity and the principles and values on which the Union is founded, including the wider knowledge and awareness among young people of the diverse benefits of philately. The four best designs to emerge from the competition were selected and are depicted on the stamps in this series and on the First Day Cover.

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“Think Green” was the theme chosen by PostEurop for this year’s Europa stamp issue. Ιn designing the 64 cent stamp the artist has cleverly conveyed the view that it is up to us individuals to create a greener planet.
Thus we see a hand moving a paint roller from the left which shows a polluted grey countryside, to the right, where it is creating a greener and more pleasant environment. The hand, is the hand of each and every one of us as, contributing towards the creation of a cleaner and better world for generations to come.
This design submitted by Cyprus Post won the Europa stamp competition and it will be used by all participating countries.

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‘Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy found in effort, the educational value of a good example and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles.’
Baron Pierre de Coubertin

Cyprus is once again taking part in the greatest sporting event on the planet. Four years after the triumph of the Cyprus team in London and the achievement of winning our first Olympic medal in modern history, our Olympic team is preparing for the 31st Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil, from 5-21 August, 2016.
The goals are still high. We have confidence in the talent and in the efforts of our athletes to show that they are more than ready for the great sporting festival of the summer and to give us once again the opportunity to feel proud.
We all support the Olympic team in Rio, to give Cyprus a boost.
The Cyprus Post, in honouring this event, is issuing this commemorative series, consisting of four stamps depicting the sports in which Cypriot athletes are expected to participate.

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In order to handle the massive problems caused by the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974, with 200.000 Greek Cypriots displaced in their own country, the Government of the Republic of Cyprus set up a “Special Refugee Fund”. To support the Fund and to reduce the financial impact of the refugee
problem, Cyprus Post issued a special refugee stamp, which, under legislation, must accompany every object to be posted.

The 3 mils stamp from the 1971 Definitive Issue, which was overprinted with 10 mils value and the wording “Refugee Fund” in black, was the first refugee stamp.

At the end of 1974 the first official 10 mils refugee stamp was issued, depicting a Cypriot refugee old woman holding her grandchild on her shoulders.
In 1977 a new refugee stamp was in circulation, valued at 10 mils, in a black and white design by the well-known Greek engraver Tassos, depicting a refugee boy from Cyprus, sadly sitting in front of the barbed wires of occupation.

This particular refugee stamp was issued until 1984, when it was re - issued in the same black and white design valued at 1 cent. From 1988 until 2007, the same refugee stamp was issued in grey background. In 2008, it was re-issued at the value of €0,02. Since 2009, the refugee stamp has been re-issued with the same design, but with a different-coloured font. This year the refugee stamp has been re-issued in a grey-blue background.

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The stamps from this series feature two different examples of traditional Cypriot popular crafts, a continuation of the series circulated last year.
The €0,41 cent stamp depicts the art of basket weaving, the making of baskets and other everyday objects, using the raw materials from Cyprus’ bountiful countryside, such as reeds, terebinth branches, stems from aquatic plants and so on.
The €0,64 cent stamp represents the craft of wood carving, carried out by local craftsmen, sculptors of wood, who created decorated items and furniture, such as chests or trunks for storing linen, ceiling beams, long wooden shelves, furniture and church furnishings such as icon and sanctuary screens, sanctuary doors, pulpits, often adorned with floral motifs, simple representations of animals or birds and geometric patterns

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