Cyprus and Slovenia sign cooperation protocol
Nicosia, Apr 19 (CNA) -- Cyprus and Slovenia have signed a cooperation protocol on research and development.
A press release issued by the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation said the main provision of the protocol, signed in Ljubljana, concerned the proclamation of a Common Research Cooperation Programme, by which universities, research foundations, enterprises from the private sector and services from the public sector of both countries will be called to submit proposals for common research projects.
The protocol was signed on the part of the Cyprus government by the Planning Bureau Permanent Secretary Andreas Moleskis and on the part of the Slovenian government by Janez Mozina, State Secretary of the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology.
The proclamation of the Common Research Cooperation Programme is expected to take place in May 2005 and will cover five scientific sectors, in which both countries are interested. These are technologies of the society of information, the quality and safety of food, the sustainable development and ecosystems, biosciences and biotechnology and social and humanitarian sciences.
Moleskis referred during the signing ceremony to the importance attributed by the Cyprus government to the development of research and to the importance of Slovenia in central Europe.
Mozina noted the importance of cooperation between the two countries, giving information about Slovenia's successes in recent years as regards research projects.