Markos Kyprianou

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Markos Kyprianou
Μάρκος Κυπριανού
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Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus
In office
3 March 2008 – 19 July 2011
President Dimitris Christofias
Preceded by Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis
European Commissioner for Health
In office
1 January 2007 – 3 March 2008
President José Manuel Barroso
Preceded by Himself (Health and Consumer Protection)
Succeeded by Androulla Vassiliou
European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection
In office
22 November 2004 – 1 January 2007
President José Manuel Barroso
Preceded by Pavel Telička
Succeeded by Himself (Health)
Meglena Kuneva (Consumer Protection)
European Commissioner for the Budget
In office
1 May 2004 – 22 November 2004
Serving with Michaele Schreyer
President Romano Prodi
Preceded by Michaele Schreyer
Succeeded by Dalia Grybauskaitė (Financial Programming and the Budget)
Personal details
Born (1960-01-22) 22 January 1960 (age 58)
Limassol, Cyprus
Political party Democratic Party
Father Spyros Kyprianou
Alma mater National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Trinity College, Cambridge
Harvard Law School
Profession Lawyer

Markos Kyprianou (Greek: Μάρκος Κυπριανού [ˈmarkos cipriaˈnu]; born 22 January 1960 in Limassol) is a Cypriot politician who served as a Minister of Foreign Affairs until his official resignation on 19 July 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]

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] Markos Kyprianou was officially charged on 24 January 2012, together with seven other persons,[7] by the Attorney General of the Republic of Cyprus in relation to the Mari blast.

On 9 July 2013 a Cyprus Criminal Court found Markos Kyprianou innocent and acquitted him of all charges. On 9 February 2014 Markos Kyprianou staged a political comeback as he was elected Deputy President of the Democratic Party in Cyprus.

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 Organization 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
  • from 1 May 2004 - 3 March 2008.Member of the European Commission, (since November 2004 responsible for Health and Consumer Protection)
  • from 3 March 2008 – 5 August 2011, Minister of Affairs.
  • since 9 February 2014, Deputy President of Democratic Party.



  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 –
  3. ^
  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
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 January 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 

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
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