The conference of European Ministers of Education, held in Nicosia 27th- 28th June 2003 was organised under The Greek Presidency of the EU by the Greek Ministry of National Education and Religion, The European Commission and the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus. The conference theme was ""Quality in Education and Active Citizenship"". It addressed European political cooperation in this field including the common objectives of education and teacher training so as to create a dynamic knowledge-based economy that would provide better jobs and greater social cohesion. Discussions centered on the crucial role of the school in preparing citizens to be active in local, national and European contexts and open to the world. The aim of this preparation being the participation of European citizens and society in the development of a European identity based on common values and common cultural traditions. The European Benchmarks which in May 2003 were adopted by the Education Council covered the fields of: early school leavers, graduates in maths, science and technology, low-achievers in reading and literacy and participation in life-long learning.

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Titina Loizidou, a Greek-Cypriot refugee from Kyrenia, filed a case in 1989 in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), against the Turkish government, stating that it had denied her access to her home in Kyrenia after the Turkish invasion of northern Cyprus in 1974. Having produced sufficient documentation and witnesses, and with the support of the Cyprus government in 1998 (nearly ten years later), she won a decision of monetary compensation from the Turkish government, as well as the right to free access and resettlement. On December 3rd 2003, Turkey was ordered by the Council of Europe to pay C£1,100,000 (US$2,310,000, C£1=US$2.10) to Mrs. Titina Loizidou. The order by the Council of Europe followed the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Loizidou v Turkey. Turkey handed over a cheque for 1.2 million euros to the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, Walter Schwimmer. Turkey had been refusing to comply with the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) for five years. Turkey has still to comply with the second part of the decision demanding Turkey to provide Mrs. Titina Loizidou free access and resettlement in her home in Kyrenia.

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Old historic cars are classified in three categories: a). Classic sportscar, b). Saloons/ Sedans, c). Commercials such as buses, coaches, fire engines, ice - cream vans and others. All these categories have their adherents and enthusiasts. Many people aspire to own an old antique car either for prestige purposes, or simply for the love of owning a beautiful machine from the good old days. Old historic cars may require significantly more diligence, time, money and deter mination to run and maintain them. The question of spare parts availability is very important. The car depicted on the 20 cents stamp falls in the classic spor tscar category and is a Triumph Roadster 1800 from 1946. It is interesting to note that the car bears a red cross emblem on the gr ille denoting that the original owner was a doctor. From the same manufacturer, the Triumph Spitfires are of more recent times and may be remembered by many.

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Dr Constantinos Spyridakis was a man of letters. Born in Nicosia in 1903 he obtained his Doctorate of Philosophy in 1934 from the University of Berlin where he had also studied ancient history and the Classics. Before that he had studied philology at the University of Athens. He served as Principal of the Pancyprian Gymnasium fort wenty-four years (1936-1960) and was founder of scientific societies and research centers, which were internationally recognized. In 1952 he was elected member of the Athens Academy and in 1969 was made Honorary Doctor of the University of Thessaloniki. He published several works including a ""Brief History of Cyprus"" (1964-1972) and ""History of Ancient Cyprus"". He was Minister of Education from 1965 to 1970. He died in 1976.

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Tefkros Anthias (1903-1968) was a novelist, a journalist and one of the most prominent 20th Century poets of Cyprus. He is well known for his collection of poems "" The Whistles of the Vagrant"". He worked as a primary school teacher both in Cyprus and in Greece and later settled in London where he continued to write folk poems, play, novels, and children's books.

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Deborah Lees, in her article ""Brush Strokes"" in the July 2003 issue of the Stamp Magazine reviewed what she called the cream of the Europa 2003 ""Poster Art"" stamp designs. In her opinion these were the issues of Denmark, Luxembourg, Gibraltar and Cyprus.

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Deborah Lees, in her article ""Brush Strokes"" in the July 2003 issue of the Stamp Magazine reviewed what she called the cream of the Europa 2003 ""Poster Art"" stamp designs. In her opinion these were the issues of Denmark, Luxembourg, Gibraltar and Cyprus.

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The Nativity scene illustrated on this stamp is reproduced from a gilded wood-carved icon forming part of the early 16th century iconostasis in the Church of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary in the village of Kourdali. One of several paintings in the church depicts two kneeling couples holding a model of the church between them. An inscription records ""The supplication of the servant of God, deacon Kourdalis and his wife and children, the founders of the monastery"". Evidently the church once belonged to a monastery and the village that grew around it acquired the name of its founder Kourdali. (Extract from: The Painted Churches of Cyprus, 2nd edition)

Painted in the Italo-Byzantine style, the Virgin Mary is shown lying down on a bed, looking away from the infant Jesus who is in the manger in a cave. Above the cave a star is seen descending from heaven on a ray of golden light. In the top left hand corner the three haloed angels are singing hymns and below them are the three wise kings arriving on horseback.

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The Nativity scene illustrated on this stamp is reproduced from a gilded wood-carved icon forming part of the early 16th century iconostasis in the Church of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary in the village of Kourdali. One of several paintings in the church depicts two kneeling couples holding a model of the church between them. An inscription records ""The supplication of the servant of God, deacon Kourdalis and his wife and children, the founders of the monastery"". Evidently the church once belonged to a monastery and the village that grew around it acquired the name of its founder Kourdali. (Extract from: The Painted Churches of Cyprus, 2nd edition)

Painted in the Italo-Byzantine style, the Virgin Mary is shown lying down on a bed, looking away from the infant Jesus who is in the manger in a cave. Above the cave a star is seen descending from heaven on a ray of golden light. In the top left hand corner the three haloed angels are singing hymns and below them are the three wise kings arriving on horseback.

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The Nativity scene illustrated on this stamp is reproduced from a gilded wood-carved icon forming part of the early 16th century iconostasis in the Church of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary in the village of Kourdali. One of several paintings in the church depicts two kneeling couples holding a model of the church between them. An inscription records ""The supplication of the servant of God, deacon Kourdalis and his wife and children, the founders of the monastery"". Evidently the church once belonged to a monastery and the village that grew around it acquired the name of its founder Kourdali. (Extract from: The Painted Churches of Cyprus, 2nd edition)

Painted in the Italo-Byzantine style, the Virgin Mary is shown lying down on a bed, looking away from the infant Jesus who is in the manger in a cave. Above the cave a star is seen descending from heaven on a ray of golden light. In the top left hand corner the three haloed angels are singing hymns and below them are the three wise kings arriving on horseback.

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