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Department of Education and European Programmes

The Department is effectively the training, the developmental and the international affiliation arm of the Chamber. It organises training programmes and seminars that are addressed to the business community, it is responsible for all European Union issues and programmes, it implements a number of EU and other projects, it looks after the relations of the Chamber with the international business representative organisations in which it is a member such as Eurochambers, the International Chamber of Commerce and others. Moreover, a number of EU services operate under the Department’s auspices including the Business Support Centre Cyprus (Information Services) which is a member of the Enterprise Europe Network, the Sales Office of the Official Publications of the European Communities and others. The Department is also responsible for the relations with the Turkish Cypriot Chambers as well as Green Line Trade, it operates a Mediation Service for commercial disputes, and runs a professional examination service promoting professional exams in the area of ICT. In addition, it looks after a number of policy areas such as SME policy, the simplification of the regulatory framework, women entrepreneurship, structural funds for Cyprus, late payments, e-commerce and ICT issues etc. Last but not least, it provides secretariat services to a number of Professional Associations and represents the Chamber in a number of tripartite committees and councils such as the Monitoring Committee for the Structural Fund Programmes, the Special Committee for the Improvement of the Regulatory Framework, the Advisory Committee on Tertiary Education, the Apprenticeship Council, the Committee for Entry into the Single Euro Payment Area (SEPA) and others.

Staff of the Department:

Leonidas Paschalides, Director
Demetra Palaonda, Senior Officer
Christos Tanteles, Senior Officer
Stalo Demosthenous, Senior Officer
Antri Theodorou, Officer
Zoe Pieridou, Officer
Maria Klokkari, Assistant Officer
Maria Constantinou, Administrative Personnel
Georgia Venizelou, Administrative Personnel

Contact details of the Department:

Tel: +357 22889840
Telefax: +357 22668630