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Cyprus-Israel-Greece to cooperate on health, medical science

In a Joint Declaration of Intent signed in Nicosia as part of a tripartite meeting between the three countries’ health ministers recognised the importance of taking joint action and acknowledged their countries faced similar challenges in Health and Medical Science.

The three countries were represented by Cyprus’ Health Minister George Pamboridis, his Israeli counterpart Yakov Litzman, and Greek Health Minister Andreas Xanthos.

Cyprus and Israel earlier on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in connection to kidney transplants.

In their Joint Declaration of Intent, the three countries recalled an agreement to cooperate on health had also been made in a December 8, 2016 declaration.

They noted that many public health threats were of a cross-border nature and so could only be effectively dealt with through joint initiatives.

The three countries agreed to strengthen cooperation and “establish a long term and mutually beneficial partnership in the field of Public Health and Medical Science, especially through exchanging respective information and knowledge”.

They noted this cooperation would take into account EU provision to which Greece and Cyprus are bound.

Cyprus, Israel and Greece declared their intention to advance cooperation in the following areas: Health effects of desalinated water and air pollution; emergency preparedness for joint activity during disease outbreaks and natural and man-made disasters; and health promotion.

Other sectors in which cooperation will be advanced include  mutual purchase or stockpiling and back-up inventories of pharmaceuticals, blood products and vaccines, for routine and emergency use; and any other area deemed to be of common interest including the exchange of know-how and expertise.

They also said a number of other forms of cooperation may be considered, including but not limited to joint scientific and technical workshops, conferences, training programs, seminars and courses.

They could also include trilateral professional working groups meetings, the exchange of best practices, scientific and technical information and data, as well as relevant research results, and technical assistance.

The three countries also agreed to consider providing technical assistance to each other, particularly through exchange of experts and specific studies, and carrying out joint research projects.

Cyprus, Greece and Israel, in addition, agreed to consider the promotion of regional cooperation projects in the area of health, the encouragement of trilateral cooperation in the areas of mutual interest among the relevant governmental authorities and agencies, as well as between public and private institutions, and the utilisation of financing opportunities available through international institutions and European funds.

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