Education Minister underlines youth participation at Larnaca’s Euro-Med Youth Forum

The Ministry of Education and Culture supports efforts by the Youth Board of Cyprus for young people to actively participate in social activities, Education Minister Costas Hambiaouris said Friday.

The Minister was addressing the Euro-Med Youth Forum, in Larnaca, under the title Sustainable Participation and Active Citizenship. The event is organized by the Youth Board of Cyprus, in the framework of Erasmus Plus, in cooperation with the European Parliament Office in Cyprus, Larnaca Municipality, Europe Direct and the Youth Boards of Greece, Italy and Portugal.

The aim of this initiative, Hambiaouris went on, is to enhance cooperation between EU and Mediterranean countries. He added that emphasis is laid on the important geostrategic role Cyprus is called to play at the crossroads of Europe and the Middle East.

Hambiaouris said that his Ministry welcomes all similar events, promoting cooperation on a national and international level, while fostering mutual respect, dialogue, peace and democracy.

Addressing the same event, Member of the European Parliament Costas Mavrides (S and D) said that the EU can not simply act as an area of economic cooperation but needs to also promote cooperation on the basis of common principles, such as EU rules, democracy, peaceful coexistence and security.

Andreas Kettis, Head of the European Parliament in Cyprus wished from his part Larnaca to become the seat of a biannual event, bringing together young people from all EU countries, as well as from the southern shores of the Mediterranean to discuss issues such as migration, youth unemployment and the environment.

Panayiotis Sentonas, the Chairman of the Youth Board of Cyprus told participants that its was necessary to build bridges, promoting dialogue and understanding for all urgent matters that affect EU and Mediterranean countries.

The Euro-Med Youth Forum started on April 18 and concludes on April 22 with 60 participants from 16 European and Mediterranean countries, as well as 70 pupils from all over Cyprus.

Source: Cyprus News Agency