The official visit of the Executive Director of the European Defense Agency Jiří Šedivý ended today. During his visit, ýedivý held talks with Defense Minister Charalambos Petrides and met with National Guard Chief Lieutenant General Democritos Zervakis and Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides. Ýedivý also paid a visit to the research center of excellence of the University of Cyprus KOIOS.
Today, in the presence of the Minister of Defense Haralambos Petridis and Jiří Šedivý, a meeting was held at the Ministry of Defense with representatives of twenty Cypriot companies, research centers and participating institutions in the European Defense Agency (EDA) and the European Defense Industrial Development Program (EDIDP) programs aimed at developing European armaments capabilities. It is recalled that recently, Cyprus participated for the first time in an international exhibition of defense equipment in Athens, in the presence of several Cypriot companies.
Petridis stressed, among other things, that one of the main pillars of the foreign policy and defense of the Republic of Cyprus is to have a great interest and participation in major European initiatives. “Despite the fact that we do not have a defense industry in the strict sense of the term, we have in recent years managed to play an important role in the projects of the European Agency for Permanent Structured Defense and Cooperation (PESCO),” he explained.
For his part, Mr. ýedivý noted that Cyprus is a role model as an active state in the field of research and innovation in capacity building programs, as demonstrated by the results for EDIDP projects. He added that the European Defense Agency will continue to be a support to the private sector for the purposes of networking and promoting innovation.
Representatives of the companies that attended the meeting presented ways to improve cooperation with European institutions to promote research and take advantage of new opportunities emerging through the European Defense Fund program, which has an annual budget of 1 billion euros for the period up to in 2027.