Situation in Ukraine, European Youth Year, innovation and research discussed at meeting between House President and European Commissioner

The situation in Ukraine, issues related to the European Youth Year and the action plan for Cyprus, as well as the prospects of the EU in the post pandemic era as regards innovation and research, were among the issues discussed at a meeting on Friday between President of the House of Representatives Annita Demetriou and EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth Mariya Gabriel.

The European Commissioner is paying Cyprus an official visit and participates in the deliberations of the «Democracy Forum» conference, which is organised by the Office of the Commissioner for the Citizen in cooperation with the House of Representatives.

According to a press release by the Cyprus Parliament, during the meeting they discussed issues related to the European Youth Year and the action plan of Cyprus, the prospects for the European Union in the post-pandemic era in terms of innovation, research and education, the importance of the involvement of young people in decision-making processes, as well as the ongoing war and humanitarian situation in Ukraine.

The European Commissioner praised the importance of the right messages sent to society through the organization of the Democracy Forum and underlined the importance of preserving European values. Demetriou noted the importance of ensuring the participation of young people in the decision-making process, as well as the importance of the role that women can play in matters of policy-making.

Regarding Ukraine, Demetriou said that Cyprus, as a country that was invaded and is still occupied by Turkey since 1974, is fully aware of the consequences of the war and the humanitarian tragedy as a consequence of the Russian invasion and referred to the humanitarian aid that Cyprus has sent to Ukraine, as well as the opportunity he had with nine other women Presidents of EU Parliaments to visit refugee sites at the Ukrainian-Polish border and see the situation up close.

The House President extended an invitation to the European Commissioner to pay Cyprus again a visit.

Source: Cyprus News Agency