The Office for European and International Affairs ( GEDY ) was established at the Ministry of Education and Culture (MOEC ) on September 1st 2009 and its mission is to contribute to the effective and creative participation of the Ministry of Education and Culture in European and international affairs . Through the monitoring of issues arising from international agreements of the Republic of Cyprus , as well as its participation in the European Union and other international organizations , GEDY aims :
to facilitate the prompt , adequate and effective action of the Ministry of Education and Culture , and
to maximize the benefits to Cyprus in the fields of education , culture , youth and sport
To achieve the above-mentioned aims, GEDY cooperates closely with all Directorates and Departments of MOEC; the embassies of the Republic of Cyprus abroad, the Permanent Representation of Cyprus in Brussels, Strasbourg , Geneva and elsewhere; the Cyprus Sports Organisation , the Cyprus Youth Board and other Government Departments.
In general, GEDY plays a pivotal role in the continuous improvement of internal coordination within the MOEC, and the MOEC’s coordination with other government departments and non- governmental organizations in Cyprus and abroad.
The activities of GEDY include :
Organisation of regular meetings to inform and coordinate the action of relevant bodies , persons and services in relation to the participation of MOEC in the EU Council
Coordination of interdepartmental committees and regular updating of Directorates and Services of MOEC and cooperating organisations for European and international issues .
Organization of the official visits of the Minister of Education and Culture abroad and the reception of foreign dignitaries in Cyprus.
Preparation and implementation of international agreements.
Submission of proposals for formulating policy positions and implementing relevant actions.
Preparation of reports and official documents on behalf of the Ministry of Education and Culture.
Implementation of programs resulting from the international / European cooperation.
Organisation of professional development activities for officers in relation to European policies and the use funding programmes.
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