The Cyprus Institute is an international science, technology and educational organization with an overarching mission to strengthen the research community and culture of Cyprus in order to help transform its economy to a knowledge-based one, and to serve as a research and innovation hub for the Eastern Mediterranean region by addressing issues of regional relevance and global significance.
Recognising the unique geopolitical location of Cyprus, the Cyprus Institute aspires to serve as a European Union gateway to research and technology in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East (EMME) region and, in this way, advance peace and prosperity and promote cooperation among the peoples of the EMME region for the betterment of their future.
Eastern Mediterranean & Middle East Climate Change Initiative of the Cyprus Government
The Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East Climate Change Initiative (EMME-CCI) of the Cyprus Government aims to coordinate and enhance the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East (EMME) region’s concerted response to the global climate emergency. The Initiative seeks to achieve this through the development and implementation of a science-based Regional Action Plan for ameliorating climate change impacts and challenges in the EMME region and advancing relevant mitigation actions in accordance with the Paris Agreement. The Action Plan will be based on recommendations from scientists with regional expertise working in dedicated Task Forces covering 13 thematic foci.
EMME-CCI was launched by H.E. President Anastasiades in March 2019. The announcement came following the 1st International Conference on Climate Change in the EMME, organized by the Cyprus Institute in 2018, which called on the governments of the region to take immediate action to address climate change. The Conference, attended by eminent scientists, policy-makers, and leaders of global stature from over 30 countries, highlighted the urgent need for coordinated climate action in the EMME.
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European Commission Representation in Cyprus
The Representation is the local office of the European Commission in Cyprus, based in Nicosia. Its roles is to explain how EU policies will affect you in Cyprus; be a source of EU-related information for your government and other authorities and stakeholders in Cyprus; offer press & media services in Cyprus and information on developments in EU policymaking; speak for the European commission as its voice in Cyprus; report back to the commission in Brussels on important political, economic and social developments in Cyprus.
Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East Climate
& Atmosphere Research Center
Through funding received from the European Union’s research and innovation program (under grant no. 856612) and the Cyprus Government, the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East – Climate and Atmosphere Research (EMME-CARE) project, has been established with a view of creating a regional Centre of Excellence (CoE) for climate and atmosphere research in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East (EMME) region, which has been identified as a global climate change “hot spot”.
Established in 2020 and based at the Cyprus Institute, the Center of Excellence focuses on addressing the risks associated with air pollution and climate change in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East region through a combination of research, innovation and education activities.
In establishing the new Center, the Cyprus Institute joined forces with world-leading institutes in the field of climate and environmental research that are acting as its Advanced Partners: the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (MPIC) in Germany, the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and the University of Helsinki (UHEL).