Articles in English
Successful Business talks to Mr Yiannis Armeftis, the founding partner of the Armeftis Partners architectural firm and the man behind the Yia ti Lemeso (For Limassol) initiative. Could you tell us about the Yia ti Lemeso project? What are its goals and what has been done so far? Yia ti Lemeso (For Limassol) is an independent initiative of Limassolians. The idea was born six months ago with a group of Limassolians who share strong common bonds: our reflections, our concern,…
Successful Business talks to the founder of GFSC Global Group of Companies, Isavella Evripidou about the current role of Cyprus as a business centre and the intricacies of the relocation and headquartering on the island. Cyprus has a long history as a business centre, but the matters of relocation and headquartering came forward only 3-4 years ago. What was the initial reason? How has Covid-19 changed the situation? Cyprus has always been an attractive jurisdiction with numerous benefits for investors…
Maria Stylianou-Lottides was appointed Commissioner for Administration and the Protection of Human Rights (Ombudsman office) in 2017. Successful Business talks to the Ombudswoman about the competencies of the institutions she leads and the broader context of human rights protection in Cyprus. The institution of the Commissioner of Administration was introduced 30 years ago. How have the duties and priorities of the Commissioner changed since then? Indeed, it was established in 1991 with the main competence to examine individual complaints regarding…
With the negative impact that the pandemic has had on the economies, many EU countries including Cyprus hope to mitigate the consequences through the use of various European funding programmes. In Cyprus, the authority overseeing this filed is the Directorate General for European Programmes, Coordination and Development. Successful Business talks with its Permanent Secretary Theodosis A. Tsiolas about the current priorities and the opportunities available in the Republic. Could you tell us about the main tasks and responsibilities of the Directorate…
With electronic communications underpinning every aspect of life in today’s world, in Cyprus it is hard to overestimate the role of the Office of Electronic Communications & Postal Regulations (OCECPR/ΓΕΡΗΕΤ). Successful Business met with Commissioner George Michaelides, to discuss the situation on and the regulation of the local telecommunication market. With the digitalisation of the service sector in Cyprus increasing, how have the Office’s priorities changed? In general, we are working on three pillars: protecting consumers, enhancing competition, and enlarging…
Successful Business talks with Marilou Pavlou Christodoulides, the founder of Marilou Pavlou Christodoulides LLC, a full-service law firm, about the legal landscape in Cyprus, the challenges of the pandemic world, and the secret to leading the market. Unlike other legal firms, your company operates in areas such as Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, and Mergers & Acquisitions. Why have you chosen this direction? This specialisation has its roots in my background since I worked and was trained in the City,…
It is no secret that today in 2021 when it comes to our privacy online, there ain’t much of it anymore. Whether it’s our internet provider, smartphone, websites visited and web browsers, apps installed, they all spy on us and with our consentment (have you read the terms of agreements before using this new app you’ve just installed?). Obviously today’s spying is nothing like in the famous movie «the lives of others» that takes place in 1984’s Communist Eastern Germany.…

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