About Us

OPEK (Association for Social Reform) aims to develop a constant dialogue on issues concerning foreign policy, Turkey’s European course, various aspects of the European integration, modernization of public administration, the liberalization of the economy, education in the context of the contemporary environment, new technologies and ecology. Primarily OPEK acts at a civil society level by establishing an open, transparent and pluralistic dialogue.

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OPEK (Association for Social Reform) aims to develop a constant dialogue on issues concerning foreign policy, Turkey’s European course, various aspects of the European integration, modernization of public administration, the liberalization of the economy, education in the context of the contemporary environment, new technologies and ecology. Primarily OPEK acts at a civil society level by establishing an open, transparent and pluralistic dialogue.

• The ultimate objective is to strengthen civil society, an approach that the European Union actively promotes calling all Member States and stakeholders to give their support. In today’s society where knowledge is pervasive and technology is flourishing and easily accessible to all, globalization and multi-culturalism requires that citizens have the information necessary to enable them to take informed decisions and participate actively in various political and social procedures relating to their future.

• Basic tool of OPEK’s activities are public discussions and events on contemporary issues that are of concern to society which promote civil society participation in shaping the political and social scene.

• Through its actions, OPEK contributes to the efforts to overcome the preconceptions of the past, aims to be a pioneer Association on quests and consistent efforts to modernize our society. The concepts such as rationality, solidarity, social mobilization, documentation, feasible actions, are some of which OPEK puts on the table for public debate. The development of an open, creative, strong society and an active civil society is our fundamental goal.

• OPEK maintains an open line of communication with similar organizations and also with scientific and academic research centres abroad.

• Promotes a systematic cooperation with other Greek Cypriot NGOs and Turkish Cypriot movements of civil society, with trade unions, local authorities , other organized groups and political parties.

• Ideas and suggestions on issues that society faces, OPEK seeks through its interventions in the Media, to be recorded and published in a more mass level, highlighting this way the Association’s identity.

• OPEK has established the annual Award for Innovative Creation “Yiannos Kranidiotis ” to honour the man and politician, Yianno Kranidioti , who set the foundations for the European course of Cyprus and thus led to the historical decision of the EU accession of the Cyprus Republic, integrating its own destiny in the European Union.

• OPEK has shown excellent work in publishing

The book “16 +1 seats for modernization” ( 1998 ) is a significant contribution by the Association to the dialogue for seeking to find new solutions to the problems of our society. The second book, “The world is changing. Are We?” (2001) presents specific approaches on foreign and domestic policy.

The third book titled «A reference to Yiannos Kranidiotis” (2003) is a tribute to the ideas and actions of Yiannos Kranidiotis. The key aspects of the book are his speeches at OPEK’S events and references made by important politicians on his work.

Board of Directors

 PRESIDENT  Kyriakos Pierides
 VICE- PRESIDENT  Panagiota Kafkaridou
 GENERAL SECRETARY  Charalambos Perikleous
 TREASURER  Christos Grekas
 Member  Demetris Aslanides
 Member  Giorgos Efstathiou
 Member  Pavlos Pavlou
 Member  Demetris Persianis
 Member  Larkos Larkou