Colleagues Mayors and partners,
Mr Kyprianou, Head of the Unit for European Funds
dear Mr. Triki, President of the Committee of the Limassol Municipality for
Ms. Municipal Secretary, project leader, and colleagues at the Municipal Service
dear media representatives
I am very pleased that the first few weeks of taking the town hall welcome an important co-funded project implemented by the Limassol Municipality successfully for three consecutive years.
This is a project funded by the European Fund for Asylum, Immigration and Integration and the Republic of Cyprus, with an annual budget of 170 000 euro and in supporting the integration process of third, ie migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.
The work done by the Local Authorities in Cyprus on integration is crucial to ensure social cohesion, the contact, the contact and the interaction of the local population with Third Countries Nationals. The integration involves a series of actions and measures which are based on the fundamental principles of human rights, mutual respect, fostering a society of coexistence and multiculturalism.
It is by nature an effort that wants to combat stereotypes, prejudices and xenophobic feelings.
We are proud as our Limassolians why the municipality is the head, the final beneficiary of a project together with partners other municipalities, covering the whole Limassol district.
We are doubly proud because Limassol help to foster the culture of tolerance, respect for diversity. It is not accidental the title of the program: Limassol a city the whole world!
Today, three years experience in the implementation of the program – and I having the baton of Dimardchias, we feel satisfaction because we have managed to open the Limassol Municipality, implementing an integrated service offering context and activities bring Third Countries Nationals closer to our citizens, together with the host society.
Sharing experiences and our culture.
We give the opportunity to the immigrants and refugees who legally live and work in Cyprus, to get to know our culture and learn our way of life, rights and obligations as all residents.
We offer services to immigrants and refugees for their basic needs.
We practice respect, acceptance of diversity.
With this comprehensive program, alleviate difficulties that migrants and refugees particularly in the early stages of their everyday life in an unknown place for them.
Dear friends, dear friends,
Limassol has always been the port of the sun that housed different people and cultures. Multiculturalism is one of our strengths is part of our identity.
I congratulate them in the work and was very pleased to inform you that our action is one of the most successful with tangible results. That is why it will be renewed for another year with a budget of EUR 187,000, ie even larger than before.
Thank you all