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About us



The Organisation for European Programmes and Cultural Relations was established in 2020 by the decision of the Council of Ministers, with the aim of undertaking the management of the National Contact Points for the European programs related to the field of culture, as well as the promotion of other related programs and actions. The Organisation undertakes, among others, the management of the "Creative Europe Desk" Cyprus and the National Contact Point for the "Citizens, Equality, Rights, Values" programme. Moreover, based on the relevant decision of the Council of Ministers, the Organisation has undertaken the continuation of the actions related to the operation of the Cyprus Centre for Music Research, Innovation and International Networking.

The Board of Directors of the Organisation consists of the following:

Dr. Elena Theodoulou Charalambous (Deputy Ministry of Culture representative)


General Secretary

Dr. Ioannis Savvidis (Ministry of Education, Sports and Youth representative)

Financial Management Supervisor
Christos Aspris (Deputy Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digital Policy representative)


Maria Giannou (Ministry of Foreign Affairs representative)
Dr. Emilios Solomou (independent expert)


The mission of the Organisation of European Programmes and Cultural Relations is to promote and disseminate information about contemporary Cypriot artistic creation, and to support the Cypriot cultural agents in the pursuit of their European and international ambitions.


The main objectives of the Organisation are the management of National Contact Points of European funding programmes related to the field of Culture, the maximization of the absorption of European cultural funding resources, and pursues them through the provision of continuous support, training and empowerment of Cypriot artists and cultural agents, the professional development and strengthening of the competitiveness of local cultural professionals, the offering of training on issues related to cultural management, and the implementation of the national cultural policies related to European and international affairs.







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