The Hellenic Center for Disease Control & Prevention (HCDCP) with the Peripheral Laboratory of Public Health of East Macedonia-Thrace participated in the European Territorial Collaboration Program between Greece and Bulgaria 2007-2013. In the context of the above program, the project entitled Cross-Border Research Center Environment and Health (RCEH) has been completed.
This collaboration started in May 2011 and had the aims of creating a new laboratory for public health in the territory of Kirtzhali, Bulgaria, sharing technical knowledge and training Bulgarian scientists by the respective Greek associates in order to create a cross-border system of supervision and analysis of environmental dangers regarding public health, as well as the acquisition of new scientific equipment for the Peripheral Laboratory of Public Health of East Macedonia-Thrace
On 27 February 2013, at Kirtzhali, the official closing of the program took place. The brand new building (laboratory) that has been constructed at the center of the town, equipped with high-end equipment and a specialized work force, is now available for the people of Kirtzhali and Bulgaria in general.
Ms El. Hadjipashali, Deputy Director of the Public Health Laboratories Network (PHLN), and Ms J. Staikova, Director of the Bulgarian Public Health Laboratory, highlighted their appreciation of the successful completion of the program and pointed out that the benefits for both countries are many and of great importance, as from now on a new and close collaboration at all levels can begin, aimed at protecting public health in the area. Moreover, they both emphasized the professional and punctual completion of the program. Present at the event were representatives from the Bulgarian Ministry of Health, the medical and scientific institutes of Bulgaria, Kirtzhali’s Mayor, the Hellenic consulate, as well as the work force from the Peripheral Laboratory of Public Health of East Macedonia-Thrace, HCDCP and the European Program Office.
Additionally, on 6 March 2013, at the Peripheral Laboratory of Public Health of East Macedonia-Thrace-Alexandroupoli, another official ceremony was held for the completion of RCEH in the context of the regional collaboration between Greece and Bulgaria 2007-2013.
Invited to this ceremony were all the parties involved from the broader region of East Macedonian-Thrace. The event was very successful, with a high attendance. A briefing about the specific program and the work in general of the Peripheral Laboratory of Public Health of East Macedonia-Thrace took place in the presence of the Bulgarian consul.
The specific program was considered and proposed as a model of Good Corporate Practice and Collaboration. This distinction honors our country, the HCDCP and all the participants from the Peripheral Laboratory of Public Health of East Macedonia-Thrace and the European Program Office, as well as everyone else who has contributed to this program. This program is considered to be a special distinction for everyone involved.
El. Hadjipashali, Deputy Director of PHLN-HCDCP