“Cyprus stands ready to continue offering its services in order to develop further synergies for promoting democracy through education with Mediterranean partners”, the Minister of Education and Culture Costas Kadis said yesterday, addressing the Committee of Deputy Ministers of the Council of Europe.
Kadis informed the Deputy Ministers on the conclusions of the Ministerial Conference “Securing Democracy through Education”, which was held in Nicosia on March 22-23, under the Cypriot Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. During that meeting, it was confirmed that the conclusions of the Ministerial Conference will be used for future actions of the Council of Europe. Kadis also called on the Council of Europe to set up a platform to share good practices for promoting Democracy through education.
Today, the Minister of Education and Culture signed three important Conventions of the Council of Europe:
The Convention on Fighting the Manipulation of Sports Competitions, aiming at the protection of athletic ethics, in accordance with the principle of autonomy of sport, the Convention on Integrated Safety, Security and Service Approach at Sports Events and mainly at football matches. This Convention is a binding international instrument in establishing a common approach in the areas of security, protection and services. And finally the Convention on Cinematographic co-production, which binds the parties to encourage the development of European cinematographic co-production between them and with third countries.
During his meeting with Thorbjørn Jagland, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Kadis reassured him that all relevant Departments of the Republic of Cyprus will work towards the implementation of the Conventions and stressed the longstanding commitment of Cyprus to the principles and values of the Council of Europe.
This evening, Kadis will attend a concert of the Cypriot band Monsieur Doumani. This concert is the last cultural event organised by the Cyprus Presidency in Strasbourg. Among tonight’s audience will be the 70 participants of the Youth Peace Camp, including 12 young Cypriots, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots. The Youth Peace Camp was organized under the Cyprus Presidency in Strasbourg and involved young people from regions that have been affected by conflicts in the past./IBNA