The Ambassador of Greece to Cyprus, Mr. Ilias Fotopoulos, visited CyI on Thursday, July 12, 2018. The visit was also attended by Dr. Petros Kareklas, President of the “Friends of The Cyprus Institute Association”, and Mrs. Erato Kozakou-Marcoulli, Member of CyI’s Board of Trustees.
After a brief briefing on the research and educational activities of the Institute, Mr. Fotopoulos was given a tour of CyI’s laboratories and other research infrastructures by Vice President for Research, Professor Euripides Stephanou.
In his greeting, CyI President Prof. Costas Papanicolas, stated that "we are very pleased today to welcome the Ambassador of Greece. Greece is one of the first and most important countries with which we are collaborating, and a number of important personalities from Greece have always been members of our Board of Trustees. Greece is also a leading country of nationality for CyI staff, second only to Cyprus. We hope our cooperation will be further enhanced, and your visit today is a first-class opportunity to investigate how to do so".
In his remarks, Mr. Fotopoulos stated that the Institute's interdisciplinary activities, especially in the field of environmental protection, are of a regional nature and are directly related to the energy activities of all countries in the area, so the tripartite meetings between Cyprus, Greece and Egypt, and Cyprus, Greece and Israel, are an excellent opportunity where they could be proposed as a basis for cooperation between the countries. He recommended that the Cyprus Institute take an initiative to propose areas for scientific cooperation so that they can be included in the agenda for the next tripartite meetings that will take place this fall with Egypt, and before the end of the year with Israel.The Ambassador of Greece was grateful for the opportunity to visit CyI, and congratulated the Board Members, the Administration and the Scientists of the Institute for the impressive facilities and the research and educational achievements they have accomplished.