On 22 July 2014, in Brussels, the JRC and the Cyprus Institute hosted an official signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in order to further strengthen the collaboration of the JRC with Cyprus. The MoU specifies advancing science, technology and innovation in fields of mutual interest including environment, climate change, energy, water and technological advances and standardisation in cultural heritage preservation. The MoU was signed by Costas Papanicolas, President of the Cyprus Institute and Vladimír Šucha, Director General of the JRC in the presence of the Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, Androulla Vassiliou. New Cypriot Members of the European Parliament, Costas Mavrides, Demetris Papadakis, Christos Stylianides and Neoklis Sylikiotis, were also present.
The participants commented on the importance of the signature of the MoU between the European Commission's Joint Research Centre and the Cyprus Institute as the beginning of a fruitful and promising partnership. Both parties agreed to the next steps of the collaboration. In the autumn a technical visit of key Cypriot scientists to the JRC Institutes located in Ispra, Italy will be organised, in order to promote specific cooperation projects in the areas of climate change, sustainable development, energy efficiency of buildings and digital issues for cultural heritage.