EESC president Georges Dassis on his first official visit to Cyprus On the agenda: meetings with key Cypriot political, economic and social figures

Georges Dassis will be going to Nicosia on 5 and 6 May for his first official visit to Cyprus since being elected president of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the EU institution representing European civil society, in October 2015.


During his visit, Georges Dassis will:


·         meet the president of the Republic of Cyprus, Nikos Anastasiades;

·         take part in an extraordinary session of the Labour Consultative Body, having been invited by Zeta Aemilianidou, Minister for Labour, welfare and social insurance, who hopes to strengthen the dialogue between Cyprus's main body for social dialogue and its European counterpart;

·         meet the heads of a number of Cypriot civil society organisations and attend press conferences with them.


The visit will also be an opportunity to promote the report on migration and the refugee crisis published recently by the EESC in the wake of a series of fact-finding missions to key local actors, and to announce the ambitious work programme on the EU's social pillar to be undertaken by the Committee in the next few months at the request of the European Commission.