This project was born out of an ur­gent ne­ces­sity and love for one’s coun­try

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Even though the EuroAsia In­ter­con­nec­tor ca­ble is go­ing to be pierc­ing Po­sei­don’s king­dom as deep as 2,000 me­ters and over a dis­tance of more than 1,500 kilo­me­ters, it does not seek to com­pete but to help coun­tries and peo­ple con­nect and pros­per.

This project was born out of an ur­gent ne­ces­sity and love for one’s coun­try. This is why when it was first an­nounced it may have sounded like a ro­man­tic idea. In Jan­uary 2012, we sim­ply said that we wanted to con­nect three coun­tries lack­ing the nec­es­sary in­fra­struc­ture, with an elec­tri­cal ca­ble buried in the sea. The skep­tics and the cyn­ics, jus­ti­fi­ably, were ex­claim­ing “How are you go­ing to get over this ob­sta­cle and then the next and then all the other ob­sta­cles you are bound to face?” But we knew that as long as we kept our sights fixed on our goal, each ob­sta­cle will be­come a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and just an­other step­ping stone. To­day’s event is a tes­ta­ment of our de­ter­mi­na­tion to keep mov­ing for­ward.

I am ex­tremely happy and proud to be here at this his­toric junc­ture of hu­man in­tel­li­gence and cre­ativ­ity. Our am­bi­tious idea, which dur­ing th­ese four years be­came the lead­ing project of the Euro­pean Union, is about to take one more step to­wards re­al­i­sa­tion.

The as­sign­ment of th­ese three stud­ies sig­ni­fies the fi­nal stage be­fore im­ple­men­ta­tion. I con­grat­u­late the two suc­cess­ful, glob­ally renowned, com­pa­nies GAS and CESI. I am cer­tain you will ex­ceed our expectations.

Such an enor­mous project re­quires an or­ches­trated col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween many in­sti­tu­tions. There­fore it was crit­i­cal that we join forces only with the best. We know that th­ese two com­pa­nies possess a high level of ex­per­tise, proven hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence and an ex­cel­lent track record.

I would like to thank the Euro­pean Union for em­brac­ing this project as its own and the gov­ern­ments of Cyprus, Greece and Is­rael for their con­stant sup­port and en­cour­age­ment. I also would like to ex­press my deep­est ap­pre­ci­a­tion to all our in­ter­na­tional con­sul­tants for in­fus­ing the project with their ex­per­tise and care.

Much de­serv­ing ku­dos to the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment Of­fice in Cyprus for be­ing such a gra­cious co-or­gan­iser.

And last but most definitely not least, I am grate­ful to my col­leagues Ge­orge Kil­las, our tire­less Project Di­rec­tor, and Athana­sios Sti­varos, our dili­gent Tech­ni­cal Di­rec­tor.

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