Cypriot Labor and Social Security Minister Zeta Emilianidou died Monday in Athens at the age of 68.
Emilianidou had been receiving treatment at a specialist clinic in Athens for a few weeks after suffering a brain aneurysm.
In a tweet, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades expressed his condolences to his family for their sudden loss.
“I am deeply saddened,” wrote Anastasiades. “Zeta will be missed by all of us. But especially by our compatriots who lose an honest, intelligent and effective minister.
The Cypriot Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also expressed his deep sadness on Twitter, noting that Emilianidou “was a very capable woman who honored political and public life with her work and contribution”.
Emilianidou was born in Nicosia, Cyprus. She graduated in law from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and obtained a degree in marketing management from the Cyprus Institute of Marketing. She passed the Cyprus Bar exams and has been a registered lawyer since 1978.
From 2010 to 2013, she was Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism, as well as President of the Cyprus Energy Foundation and the Special Fund for Renewable Energy Sources and Energy Saving.
On April 3, 2013, she was appointed by the President as Minister of Labour, Social Welfare and Social Insurance of the Republic of Cyprus. As Minister, she promoted a series of reforms, with particular emphasis on social protection issues, workers’ rights and gender equality issues.
Source: Courier from Cyprus.