Markos Kyprianou

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

Márkos Kyprianoú (Greek: Μάρκος Κυπριανού, pronounced [ˈmarkɔs kipriaːˈnu]) (born 22 January 1960 in Limassol) is a Cypriot politician, was Minister of Foreign Affairs. 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]

He studied Law at the Law School of the University of Athens and at Trinity College, Cambridge University, 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


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


1. ^ EU Health Commissioner resigns to head Cyprus Foreign Ministry - People's Daily Online
2. ^ EU confirms Androulla Vassiliou is nominee for new Cypriot commissioner - News -
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4. ^ Commissioner Kyprianou urges EU governments to use pictorial warnings on tobacco packets
5. ^ Commission wants EU-wide smoking ban in public places 30/01/07
6. ^ Brussels to push for EU-wide organ donor card 20/05/07

Markos Kyprianou (Source)

External links

* Official website

Political offices
New office Cypriot European Commissioner
Succeeded by
Androulla Vassiliou
Preceded by
Michaele Schreyer
European Commissioner for the Budget
Served alongside: Michaele Schreyer
Succeeded by
Dalia Grybauskaitė
as European Commissioner for Financial Programming and the Budget
Preceded by
David Byrne
Pavel Telička
European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection
Succeeded by
as European Commissioner for Health
Succeeded by
Meglena Kuneva
as European Commissioner for Consumer Protection
Preceded by
as European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection
European Commissioner for Health
Succeeded by
Androulla Vasiliou
Preceded by
Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis
Minister of Foreign Affairs
2008– 18. July 2011

European Commission (2004–2009: Barroso Commission)

Joaquín Almunia | José Manuel Barroso | Jacques Barrot | Joe Borg | Stavros Dimas | Benita Ferrero-Waldner | Ján Figeľ | Franco Frattini | Mariann Fischer Boel | Dalia Grybauskaitė | Danuta Hübner | Siim Kallas | László Kovács | Neelie Kroes | Markos Kyprianou | Peter Mandelson | Charlie McCreevy | Louis Michel | Andris Piebalgs | Janez Potočnik | Viviane Reding | Olli Rehn | Vladimír Špidla | Günter Verheugen | Margot Wallström

Modern history of Cyprus

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