Interview with the mayor of one of the most popular among the Russian-speaking population of Cyprus cities - Limassol. Nikos Nikolailis took office recently. But priorities are set, objectives identified, and their implementation has already begun ...
- You have had experience as a minister, so you have a general idea of the situation on the island. What, in your opinion, should be done in Limassol, in the near future?
- First of all, on this occasion, I should note that we are very proud of the fact that many Russian-speaking residents of Cyprus have chosen to live and work Limassol, making it their second home. We appreciate their contribution to our lives, culture and economy. And we would like to make your life as well as our own, as best as possible. a great honor to be the mayor of Limassol for me. It is a city that I love. He has a decent past and a great future. This is a very warm and hospitable city. A city with an open heart. This is largely due to the location: Limassol - a port city, it was the gateway to Cyprus for people from different cultures, with different worldviews and traditions. Therefore, Limassol has become exactly the way we know it now. We must preserve what we have. At the same time, we must try to make the city better in all respects. In economics, construction, culture, entertainment, environment protection ... We believe that this level of improvement in the daily life of citizens can make people happier, and began with the fact that drew attention to the vicinity of Limassol. After all, the city - is not only a beautiful waterfront, developed center and marina to the old port. It is necessary to look and what is behind the beautiful facade. We want to plant some trees areas, build new hiking and biking trails. And thus to create opportunities for greater socialization of the people so that they could spend free time for a walk, play sports. This is one of our main goals.
At the same time we look, how to implement new projects. In particular, to upgrade the center municipality Ayia Fila. We want to improve the roads connecting the districts of Limassol together. For example, Miltonos, Agios Nikolaos or mane Digeni. We plan to pay attention to the symbols of our city, such as Heroes Square, Enaerios district, the city park, the zoo, the GEO region. Make them better, more attractive.
In addition, our goal - improving the structure of the municipality, to make it more effective. To do this, you may need and the reorganization of some services. We are planning the creation of a partner network consisting of the mayor's office of social partners. I mean organization, group of people, the Chamber of Commerce, universities, with which you can create a partnership for the exchange of services and ideas. It is necessary to arrange it so that all the work for the good of the city. I am sure that Limassol is on the right track and we want to do our best to just stick with it.
- What are the practical steps you plan to take, being mayor?
- Part of the plan to modernize the city's road system is already in the implementation stage. In particular, work is underway on the site, connecting the Old Port area with the coastal road - street Franklin Roosevelt. There is work in the western part of the city. It is necessary to improve the roads, squares and sidewalks. Work on the street Agios Filakseos will help improve the traffic situation.
We plan to develop the western part of Limassol. We already know that there will be built a casino resort style, it will be the basis for the modernization of the district. We also think of some less grandiose projects which will contribute to improving urban infrastructure. I want to become a city of Limassol with a good economy, culture and high quality of life. This is what we want to achieve by working with the public.
- Why Limassol was more attractive to business than other places in Cyprus?
- There are many reasons. Over the past few years, the city is indeed largely evolved. Limassol has traditionally been a center of financial activity, industry, tourism, services. We have good legal and accounting firms. There are places that attract tourists. This marina, the promenade, the Old Port. However, the important role played and the mentality of the inhabitants of Limassol. People who easily accept innovation, trying to put them into practice. And it is very important for the development of the city. This attracted new people with new ideas. Big success for Limassol became part of the Russian citizens. Since the mid-nineties they gave new life to the financial system of the city, attracting investments here, moving to Cyprus with their families and employees of their companies.
- How Limassol Municipality deals with foreign residents of the city?
- First of all, we want to convey to all that Limassol municipality - is also their municipality. However, we want to be friends not only in words but also in deeds, helping to solve any problems that they come to us. We tried to build bridges between our municipality and the foreign communities residing in the city. Especially important for us Russian community. I met with the Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Cyprus Stanislav Osadchy. We talked about how to strengthen the ties of friendship, cooperation with organizations of our Russian friends in Cyprus. We want to help you promote the event, that you organize in Cyprus. That they have become more popular among the Cypriots. To Russians are actively involved in our activities. To the existing ties between the two nations is only growing stronger.
Born November 2 1953, in Limassol. After school and military service, he studied in the United States. Master's degree received at Dartmouth College. Fellowship in the specialty "Electromechanics" graduated from the University of Southern California. In 1978-1981 he worked in Greece. He was project manager of the State Power Company.
Returning home, he worked in the Electric Company of Cyprus. From February to March 2008 2010 years was Minister of Communications and Works. Among his projects - the introduction of a new public transport system, the completion of a new tax structure for commercial shipping, full coverage of Cyprus and the emergence of the Internet network on the island of digital TV channels.
In May 2011, he was elected Member of Parliament from the party DISI. In December 2016, he was elected mayor of Limassol. Married, two children.