Webinar – Innovative Schools Program

On November 25, 2014, CARDET delivered a Webinar in Collaboration with the Cyprus Pedagogical Institute, as part of the Innovative Schools Program. During the presentation and discussions, Dr. Vrasidas presented and discussed lessons learned from more than 15 EU funded projects. Teachers, teacher trainers and the CARDET team discusssed ways they can collaborate within the framework of the projects presented, and also by exploring further possibilities for preparing collaborative projects and research grants. The presentation is available on Slideshare.


Cypriot Students’ Perceptions of Immigrants

CARDET in cooperation with the consultancy firm INNOVADE LI LTD have been granted the project “Research on Cypriot Students’ Perceptions with Regards to Immigrants”. The project was awarded to the consortium following an open call for proposals  from the Civil Registry and Migration Department of the Ministry of  Interior, under the European Integration Fund, as part of the Solidarity Funds. The project is co-funded by the EU Solidarity Funds (75%) and the Republic of Cyprus (25%). The objective of this research project is to investigate and explore the perceptions and attitudes of Cypriot students in primary and secondary schools with respect to immigrants (Third Country Nationals). The results of the project will be of value to the Civil Registry and Migration Department, as well as other organizations involved in migration issues.

Check back within the next few days and the full report will be available here and on the project website at http://www.cardet.org/studentperceptions2010/

Press Conference on Migration and Asylum: Challanges and Opportunities

CARDET, in cooperation with Innovade LI Ltd., held a Press Conferencon June 29, 2010 , where the results of three research projects under the Solidarity Funds were presented. The event took place at the House of the European Union between 10:00am – 12:00pm.

The main speakers of the event were:

  • Dr Charalambos Vrasidas, Executive Director, CARDET
  • Androulla Kaminara, Head of the European Commission Representation in Cyprus
  • Tasos Georgiou, Head of the European Parliament Office in Cyprus
  • Makis Polydorou, Acting Head of the Asylum Service, Ministry of Interior
  • Christina Hadjioikonomou, Department of Registry & Migration, Ministry of Interior
  • Dr Michalinos Zembylas, Assistant Professor, Open University of Cyprus
  • Stalo Lesta, Research Associate at CARDET

During the event, the audience was given a brief overview of the three research projects completed by CARDET and Innovade:

Additionally, the results of the project “Cypriot Students’ Perceptions with Regards to Immigrants” were presented. An open discussion was held after the presentation of the results. The results of the other two projects will be disseminated by the relevant authorities after further review of the final reports.


EU27 Development Policy – 18 February, 2008

Conference on Challenges of EU27 Development Policy with a Technical Seminar on the European Development Fund, Brdo, Slovenia, 17-18 February 2008

http://vrasidas.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/brdo1.jpgCharalambos represented CARDET and participated in the conference on “Challenges of EU27 development policy” on 18 February 2008 at Brdo, Slovenia. The Cyprus Ministry of Foreign Affairs, invited CARDET to participate in the event, since there was a provision for NGOs to be represented in this discussions. The conference provided the opportunity for an open discussion on the challenges the EU development policy is facing. Topics discussed included aid effectiveness, division of labor, funding mechanisms as well as children and women in armed conflicts with particular reference to EU development policy. An informal discussion on future organizational aspects of EU development policy took place during a working lunch.

The conference was accompanied by a “technical seminar on the European Development Fund” which brought together representatives of both civil society and private sector involved in development cooperation for an exchange of experience and information. Each Member State was requested to invite one representative from a national NGO and the business sector active in the field of development cooperation, to participate in the technical seminar.

The European Development Fund (EDF) is the main instrument for providing aid for development cooperation. In the year 1957 the Treaty of Rome was signed, which provided a mechanism for technical and financial assistance, initially to African countries. EDF is funded by the Member States, is subject to its own financial rules and is managed by a specific committee. Each EDF is concluded for a period of around five years. EDF consists of several instruments, including grants, risk capital and loans to the private sector.  The ninth EDF has been allocated 13.5 billion for the period 2000-2007.

The tenth EDF provides an overall budget of EUR 22 682 million and covers the period from 2008 to 2013. Of this amount, EUR 21 966 million is allocated to the African Caribbean Pacific countries, EUR 286 million to the Overseas Countries and Territories and EUR 430 million to the Commission as support expenditure for programming and implementation of the EDF. An increased share of the budget is devoted to regional programs, thereby emphasizing the importance of regional economic integration as the basic framework for national and local development. An innovation in the tenth EDF is the creation of “incentive amounts” for each country. In addition, EU countries have their own bilateral agreements and implement their own initiatives with developing countries that are not financed by the EDF or any other Community funds.