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Márkos Kyprianoú (Greek: Μάρκος Κυπριανού, pronounced [ˈmarkos cipriaˈnu]) (born 22 January 1960 in Limassol) is a Cypriot politician who served as a Minister of Foreign Affairs until his official resignation in July 19 2011, following the events of the Evangelos Florakis Naval Base explosion. A member of the Democratic Party, he was formerly Cyprus's Finance Minister and the European Commissioner for Health. He tendered his resignation as Commissioner on 29 February 2008 to become Foreign Minister in the government of newly-elected President Dimitris Christofias; the resignation took effect on 3 March 2008, when his successor, Androulla Vassiliou, was confirmed as Commissioner.[1][2][3]

Markos Kyprianou , 14 April, 2010, Photo: Augusta Stylianou, Artist

He studied Law at the Law School of the University of Athens and at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he specialised in International Law and Tax Law and was awarded a Master’s degree in Law (LLM). He earned a second Master’s degree in Law, specialising in Company Law and Taxation, at Harvard Law School. He continued his academic career as a trainee at the Human Rights Commission of the Council of Europe and by carrying out research in International Law at the University of Cambridge.

He is the younger son of Spyros Kyprianou, who was President of Cyprus from 1977 to 1988.

As a Commissioner, one of his policies was the promotion of warnings on tobacco packets, with the Commission moving towards pictorial warnings.[4] Following several European Union member states enacting bans on smoking in public places Kyprianou proposed a plan for an EU-wide ban of that kind.[5] In May 2007, Kyprianou released a paper to tackle the shortage of organ donation in the Union. The plan included promotion, specially trained medical staff and an EU wide organ donor card.[6]

Professional C.V.

since 1985 practising law
1985-1991 associate with the law firm of Antis Triantafyllides & Sons
1991–1995 partner with the law firm of Kyprianou & Boyiadjis
1995– 2003 partner with the law firm of George L. Savvides & Co (merged with Kyprianou & Boyiadjis)

Political C.V.

1986–1991 Municipal Councillor for the City of Nicosia
1993–1997 President of the Youth Organisation of the Democratic Party
since 1986 Member of the Central Committee of the Democratic Party (DIKO)
since 1990 Member of the Political Committee of the Party
1993–1998 and 2001 Member of the Executive Bureau of the Party
1991–2003 Member of the House of Representatives for the Nicosia District
1999–2003 Chairman of the House Committee on Financial and Budgetary Affairs
1 March 2003 – 30 April 2004 Minister of Finance
since 1 May 2004 Member of the European Commission, since November 2004 responsible for Health and Consumer Protection


Memberships

American Bar Association (associate member)
Harvard Law School Association of Europe
International Bar Association
Cyprus Red Cross Society

References

^ EU Health Commissioner resigns to head Cyprus Foreign Ministry – People's Daily Online
^ EU confirms Androulla Vassiliou is nominee for new Cypriot commissioner – News – MSNBC.com
^ http://www.consilium.europa.eu/ueDocs/cms_Data/docs/pressData/en/misc/99150.pdf
^ Commissioner Kyprianou urges EU governments to use pictorial warnings on tobacco packets ec.europa.eu
^ Commission wants EU-wide smoking ban in public places euractiv.com 30/01/07
^ Brussels to push for EU-wide organ donor card euobserver.com 20/05/07

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