Address by the Mayor of Limassol, Mr Andreas Christou at the general assembly of the European Employment Lawyers Association, at the Carob Mill Centre, on Friday, June 5th, 2015, at 09.30
On behalf of the Limassol Municipality I would like to warmly welcome you all and wish you a pleasant stay in our city.
We are really very honoured that our city was chosen to host the General Assembly of the European Employment Lawyers Association.
The Municipality of Limassol which was established in 1878 is the largest one in Cyprus. Our city since 1980 has progressed into one of the most important commercial ports in the Mediterranean, as well as one of the greatest maritime, tourist, commercial and service centres in the wider region.
Limassol is today the business and financial centre of Cyprus with a large number of local and international companies surrounded by a further network of hotels, restaurants and other venues for entertainment and leisure. The city if therefore constantly in motion, developing even more.
It is important to mention that hundreds of shipping, as well as financial companies have their headquarters in Limassol. Today our city is the largest ship-management centre in the European Union and the fifth worldwide.
What is extremely important for the city’s economy is that Limassol has always been a popular tourist destination, combining an organized coast with clear waters and wonderful hotels and generally a well organized tourist infrastructure.
It has a long and extensive history, as the first settlements of the city were established some 4000 years ago. It was always a natural harbour, with potable spring water, and surrounded by extensive agricultural plantations, chiefly comprising from grape vines and carob trees.
Limassol is additionally well known for a long cultural tradition. Visitors have the opportunity to experience a variety of cultural or other activities. In addition, they can visit museums and other archaeological locations around the city, which is an astonishing combination of ancient, Frankish, Byzantine, Ottoman and modern influence.
The Limassol Carnival, the Wine Festival, the Ballet Festival are some of the most popular events organized by the Municipality for many many years.
As regards infrastructure we have recently just finished with the improvement of the sea front which has brought the people and visitors of Limassol closer to the sea and also promoted the island character of the city. Works within the city centre have also finished by rebuilding streets and pavements, creating underground services and taking measures about traffic for the road safety of the pedestrians and cyclists.
Other important projects completed in the last year are the new Marina, a project of total expenditure of 350 million euro and the regeneration of the old port into a modern fishing and leisure port.
The State University of Technology in Limassol and two other private Universities have been the most important contribution to the last years development of the city.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Limassol and all of Cyprus, despite the crisis, remain open and welcoming to all. The comparative advantages of our island are still there and continue to be based on our people, our history and traditions, as well as on the experience and knowledge gained during the past years.
It is certain, that by detecting hydrocarbon deposits at the Cyprus EEZ these potentials gain a different dimension.
I would like once again to welcome you and to thank the Organizing Committee and the Chairman Mr George Georgiou for the invitation to be with you today.