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The President of the House of Representatives, Mr Demetris Syllouris, received today a delegation of the Committee on Culture and Education of the European Parliament, led by the Commission’s newly elected President, Ms Petra Kammerevert. The delegation pays a visit to Cyprus on the occasion of Pafos 2017 European Capital of Culture.
The delegation of MPs included Ms Helga Trupel, Ms Silvia Costa, Mr Bogdan Andrzej Zdrojewski, Mr Momchil Nekov and Ms Jadwiga Wi?niewska. The delegation was accompanied by the Head of the Office of the European Parliament in Cyprus Mr Andreas Kettis and other officials.
The President of the House of Representatives expressed the House of Representatives’ gratitude for the Committee’s interest and work on the protection of cultural heritage in the occupied areas of Cyprus. He then referred to the destruction of ancient monuments and cultural goods as a result of the Turkish invasion and occupation and condemned their illegal smuggling abroad. Mr Syllouris stressed that the cultural heritage of Cyprus constitutes primarily property and culture for Europe and the world, calling for Europe’s positive contribution to end all illegal activities and save these world cultural goods.
The Head of the delegation praised the work of the organization European Capital of Culture Pafos 2017, noting that, despite the fact that Pafos is a small town of Europe with a low budget, it managed to exploit all available European funds for the development of its infrastructure. She also congratulated the town of Pafos for the broad participation of the local community in the events organized, expressing hope that Pafos will continue its cultural activities and after 2017.
Source: Press and Information Office