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The EU Med 7 Group Meeting faced many and complex challenges

The EU Med 7 Group Meeting faced many and complex challenges

    MED 7 countries deliver an unambiguous message of solidarity to Greece and Cyprus; a coordinated European effort is deemed necessary within the Mediterranean territory, calling upon Ankara to abstain from further provocative and unilateral actions in the Mediterranean.     The EU Med Group, widely known as MED7, met in Ajaccio, Corsica, on ... ...
The national exhibition organiser continues to plan for the future

The national exhibition organiser continues to plan for the future

    The national exhibition organiser continues to plan for the future     The preservation of public health goes beyond any financial dimension and within this context the 85th TIF did not take place this September. However, the leading institution of Thessaloniki, which has 94 years of history, counting 84 editions of the Fair, ... ...
Egyptian Foreign Minister meets with the Greek leadership in Athens

Egyptian Foreign Minister meets with the Greek leadership in Athens

    Greece-Egypt Agreement: A model application of International Law of mutual respect and good neighbourliness   Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias met with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry in Athens on September 15th, and he called the recent Greece-Egypt agreement for the partial delimitation of the two countries’ maritime zones “a model application ... ...
Minister of Foreign Affairs visits the Republics of Slovenia and Czechia

Minister of Foreign Affairs visits the Republics of Slovenia and Czechia

    Talks focus on bilateral, regional and European issues, with emphasis on developments in the Eastern Mediterranean and the migration issue   Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias travelled to the Republic of Slovenia and the Czech Republic on September 18th for a series of meetings with top officials both capital cities. Most notably, ... ...
Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs briefs European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs

Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs briefs European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs

    “There is an urgent need for the EU to play its role in the region. What are at stake is European sovereignty and the strategic independence of the EU. De-escalation must be achieved at once. And it must originate from those causing tensions. All Turkish vessels, both military and survey, must be withdrawn immediately, ... ...
Remarks by His Excellency the Ambassador on the occasion of the Vietnamese National Day

Remarks by His Excellency the Ambassador on the occasion of the Vietnamese National Day

                His Excellency Manh Cuong NGUYEN Ambassador of Vietnam to the Hellenic Republic         Dear friends, On September 2nd 1945, people all over Viet Nam celebrated the country’s independence after many years of struggle. In the following 75 years, the Vietnamese people have made great ... ...
Hagia Sophia: The violation of a symbol by the Sec-Gen for Public Diplomacy, Religious & Consular Affairs

Hagia Sophia: The violation of a symbol by the Sec-Gen for Public Diplomacy, Religious & Consular Affairs

    Hagia Sophia: The violation of a symbol   By Constantinos Alexandris   “It is quite clear that no logical or plausible excuse could justify the violation of a symbol – because this is exactly what the decision for the conversion of Hagia Sophia amounts to. This is not just contempt for history or ... ...
Greek-Italian cooperation is a model of good neighbourly relations

Greek-Italian cooperation is a model of good neighbourly relations

    Agreement on Maritime Boundaries Signed   Greece and Italy signed an Agreement on Maritime Boundaries on June 9th, delimiting an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) between the two neighbouring countries, ending a 43-year pending issue. The deal, which was signed by Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio during ... ...
Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs meets with leadership in Cairo

Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs meets with leadership in Cairo

    Two countries enhance cooperation in all fields   Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias travelled to Egypt on June 18th, where he was received by the President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. He then met with the Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sameh Shoukry, with whom he discussed bilateral and regional issues, with ... ...
The Greek Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

The Greek Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

    “The Greek Chairmanship will send the message that we must see the world through the eyes the young people of Europe. We must focus even more on their problems and concerns, especially in the new environment being created by the pandemic, but also beyond that.”     Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs, Miltiadis ... ...
Priorities of the Greek Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

Priorities of the Greek Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

    Protection of human life and public health within the context of a pandemic Greece, Member of the Council of Europe since August 1949, assumed the Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in the emergency circumstances imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. In such an extraordinary context, the Greek Chairmanship ... ...
The Hellenic Defence Industry – Competitive advantages of a dynamic concept

The Hellenic Defence Industry – Competitive advantages of a dynamic concept

  The benefits for the country’s economy and the Armed Forces from the active participation of the Greek Defence Industries in the armaments programmes are multiple. The outflow of foreign exchange is limited, economic growth is ensured, expert personnel are employed, specialised jobs are increased while the Defence Industry gains autonomy. At the same time, ... ...
Interview of the General Director of Defence Investments and Armaments

Interview of the General Director of Defence Investments and Armaments

    “It is time to identify the new challenges of technological excellence and industrial viability that render cross-border collaboration a mandatory process.”   General Director, GDDIA, Lt. Gen. Theodoros Lagios   GDL: What kind of collaboration is needed so that the technological gap between European, American and other defence industries will be bridged? TL: ... ...
Repositioning itself in the global market – The Hellenic Aerospace Industry SA

Repositioning itself in the global market – The Hellenic Aerospace Industry SA

“HAI considers that strengthening its innovative level by investing in R&D and new methods is the key to repositioning itself in the global market.”   The Hellenic Aerospace Industry SA (HAI) is the leading aerospace and defence industry of Greece. Established in 1975, its major mission is to deliver services and products to the Armed ... ...
Lockheed Martin confirms its commitment & support to the Armed Forces, Aerospace & Defence Industry

Lockheed Martin confirms its commitment & support to the Armed Forces, Aerospace & Defence Industry

  Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Vice President Global Pursuits Initiatives, Dennys Plessas   “The Hellenic defence industry is a national asset and as such needs to be addressed. Continuous modernisation is important with new capabilities, technologies and training.”   GDL: Could you describe the relationship of Lockheed Martin with the Hellenic Aerospace and Defence Industry. What is ... ...
Focused on serving the needs of international markets – Metka

Focused on serving the needs of international markets – Metka

GDL: Giorgos Economou, Deputy General Manager of the EPC Projects Department and Factory Manager of Mytilineos tells us about the course of Metka over the past few years? GE: Mytilineos’ factory in Volos is part of the Greek industrial history. From 1964 it is working continuously, despite difficulties. It hasn’t stopped, not even during the ... ...
Outstanding experience in the electronics sector – Miltech

Outstanding experience in the electronics sector – Miltech

  GDL: We asked the Business Development Manager and BoD Member of Miltech Hellas, Stephen Kiosseoglou, how does Miltech compare with other defence companies in terms of range and technology? SK: Miltech Hellas SA is one of the leading Hellenic companies in the defence sector specialising in design and manufacture of high quality cost effective ... ...
Strengthening the competitiveness of Greek shipping

Strengthening the competitiveness of Greek shipping

    Greek seafaring is, over time, one of the healthiest and most extroverted sectors of the Greek economy and at the same time a key pillar for the country’s future economic development and employment. At European level, the European shipping industry contributes around €60 billion/year to European GDP while providing more than 600,000 direct ... ...
Q&A: Minister of Maritime Affairs & Insular Policy, Yiannis Plakiotakis

Q&A: Minister of Maritime Affairs & Insular Policy, Yiannis Plakiotakis

    “We have developed a number of specific measures to support maritime work by recognising the specifics of the maritime profession.”     GDL: How has the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy confronted and participated in the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic? YP: The first priority of all of us, in this ... ...
Ancient Athenian Myrtis fights against the coronavirus

Ancient Athenian Myrtis fights against the coronavirus

The 11-year-old ancient Athenian Myrtis is taking part in the global fight against coronavirus with an animation video message   In 430 BC, the 11-year-old ancient Athenian Myrtis − a victim to the great plague of Athens like Pericles – could not imagine that after 2,500 years, she would take part in the global effort ... ...
Life in the era of COVID-19 by Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi

Life in the era of COVID-19 by Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi

  H.E. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India   It has been a topsy-turvy start to the third decade of this century. COVID-19 has brought with it many disruptions. Coronavirus has significantly changed the contours of professional life. These days, home is the new office. The Internet is the new meeting room. For the time ... ...
Message from Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to citizens on the plan to phase out the restrictive measures

Message from Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to citizens on the plan to phase out the restrictive measures

  Message from Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to citizens on the plan to phase out the restrictive measures – 28th April 2020   Thirty-seven days after Greece went into full lockdown to slow the spread of coronavirus, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis unveiled a a long-awaited plan for the gradual lifting of the restrictive measures that ... ...
Staying at Home, Traveling through Literature: Diplomats recite Greek Literature Part 2

Staying at Home, Traveling through Literature: Diplomats recite Greek Literature Part 2

The General Secretariat for Public Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs released the second and final part of the video “Staying at Home, Traveling through Literature: Diplomats recite Greek Literature”. This initiative aims at sending out a message of international solidarity in the fight against the global threat of COVID-19 pandemic and encouraging us ... ...
When time was wrapped in flames… protecting our cultural heritage

When time was wrapped in flames… protecting our cultural heritage

A year has gone by, since the worldwide grief over Notre Dame de Paris when time was wrapped in flames. Notre Dame de Paris, this architectural masterpiece of Gothic rhythm which is included in UNESCO’s List of World Heritage Sites since 1991, was deeply damaged from the fire that broke out on the night of ... ...
‘Staying at Home, Traveling through Literature’

‘Staying at Home, Traveling through Literature’

Message from the Secretary-General for Public Diplomacy, Religious and Consular Affairs Konstantinos Alexandris   The General Secretariat for Public Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs actively participates, within its competence, in the efforts to tackle COVID-19 pandemic. With the aim of raising public awareness and transmitting the message that in this fight we all ... ...
Message By His All-Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch

Message By His All-Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch

  MessageBy His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at the Beginning of Holy and Great Week (Lazarus Saturday, April 11, 2020) Brethren and children in the Lord, Once again, Holy and Great Lent has come to a conclusion. Today, we joyfully celebrated the resurrection of Christ’s intimate friend, Lazarus, which serves as a prefigurement of the “common resurrection.” ... ...
Symbolic ceremony at the Foreign Ministry in support of the Spanish people

Symbolic ceremony at the Foreign Ministry in support of the Spanish people

    In support of the friendly Spanish people, who have been hit hard by the pandemic, the Spanish flag was raised in a symbolic ceremony on April 10th at the central building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with the President of the Hellenic Parliament, Konstantinos Tasoulas, Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs Miltiadis Varvitsiotis ... ...
Greece hoists Italian flag in symbolic solidarity during the pandemic

Greece hoists Italian flag in symbolic solidarity during the pandemic

    Greece has expressed its solidarity to Italy during a special event organised by the Greek Foreign Ministry, standing by its neighbour in one of the most trying times in its history. At that time, Italy had been the hardest hit country in Europe with 13,155 Covid-induced deaths, surpassing every other country in the ... ...
A fight against time: A new environment for the economy and the energy sector

A fight against time: A new environment for the economy and the energy sector

  A fight against time: A new environment for the economy and the energy sector As the spread of the coronavirus causes economies around the world to come to a standstill, all eyes are currently set on two things: 1) The timeframe for reducing coronavirus expansion and gradually returning to normality and 2) the after ... ...
President sends inspirational message to all Greeks

President sends inspirational message to all Greeks

  “When we have left this difficult time behind us, we will have rebuilt society on the basis of empathy, love of others and shared responsibility.”   The President of the Hellenic Republic, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, wrote an inspirational message on her personal facebook page calling on Greeks to embrace the spirit of volunteerism and solidarity ... ...
“Turkey’s refugee ‘extortion diplomacy’ must end”

“Turkey’s refugee ‘extortion diplomacy’ must end”

  “Turkey’s refugee ‘extortion diplomacy’ must end” By Nikos Dendias Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic   From the summer of 2015 until early 2016, the EU faced a massive influx of asylum seekers, most of them fleeing the conflict in Syria. About 1 million people entered Europe, most of them from Turkey, ... ...
Athens hosts Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean

Athens hosts Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean

    “PAM consolidates its unique role of Parliamentary Forum for dialogue and action, gathering more than 240 delegates from the Euro-Mediterranean and Gulf regions.”   The 14th Plenary Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM) took place in Athens late last month, generously hosted by the Hellenic Parliament. More than 240 parliamentarians ... ...
Protecting the EU external borders – European leaders express solidarity with Greece

Protecting the EU external borders – European leaders express solidarity with Greece

    European institutions in solidarity and support Greece defending the borders of Europe EU strongly condemns Turkish propaganda and fake news exploiting migrants for political goals   The heads of the EU institutions at the Greek-Turkish border Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, thanked the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, who first had ... ...
Greece and France reinforce defence cooperation

Greece and France reinforce defence cooperation

  Ascertain total agreement on how to address security challenges in the wider region     Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and visiting French Defence Minister Florence Parly discussed the strategic partnership between Greece and France, particularly emphasising defence cooperation. Also participating in the meeting were Greek Defence Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos, the Head of the Diplomatic ... ...
The 30th Anniversary of the Restoration of Lithuanian Independence

The 30th Anniversary of the Restoration of Lithuanian Independence

  The 30th Anniversary of the Restoration of Lithuanian Independence   By H.E. the Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania, Rolandas Kačinskas   It was a combination of words “independence” and “coronavirus” that I least expected to use when writing a commemorative article on the occasion of the 30th Anniversary of the Restoration of Lithuania’s ... ...
Ambassadors accredited abroad present Credentials

Ambassadors accredited abroad present Credentials

  Ambassadors of New Zealand, Colombia, Liberia, Equatorial Guinea, the Bahamas, Gambia, Iceland, Kyrgyzstan, Singapore, Brunei Darussalam, Namibia and of Nepal present Credentials to the President of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopis Pavlopoulos.   New Zealand, Anthony George Simpson (Rome), Colombia, Gloria Isabel Ramirez Rios (Rome), Republic of Liberia, Geraldine Bass-Golokeh (Paris), Equatorial Guinea, Cecilia Obono ... ...
Greece-US Strategic Cooperation reaffirmed

Greece-US Strategic Cooperation reaffirmed

  Greece and the United States of America reaffirmed their desire to further enhance their strategic defence and security partnership, which greatly contributes to the security of both nations. The Greek Government appears convinced that the key objective of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ visit to the US, which was to promote Greece as the key ... ...
Greece and Morocco coordinate efforts to end Libyan crisis

Greece and Morocco coordinate efforts to end Libyan crisis

  “The only tangible result for Libyans after all these efforts is the Skhirat Agreement.”   Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias highlights, on January 16th in Rabat, the “great effort” that the Kingdom of Morocco has made to resolve the conflict in Libya. “The only tangible result for Libyans after all these efforts is the ... ...
‘January 20th – a milestone of Azerbaijan’s struggle for independence’

‘January 20th – a milestone of Azerbaijan’s struggle for independence’

  On January 20th, the conference ‘January 20th – a milestone of Azerbaijan’s struggle for independence’ took place at the Cultural Centre of Webster University, Athens. It was devoted to the 30th Anniversary of the January 20th (1990) violent crackdown on the civilian population of Baku by Soviet troops. Speakers, including HE Anar Huseynov, Ambassador ... ...
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia in Athens for talks

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia in Athens for talks

  Working jointly as stabilising factors in the region.   Minister οf Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias received his Saudi Arabian counterpart Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud at the Foreign Ministry on January 24th. Following a meeting with the visiting Saudi Foreign Minister, Minister Dendias said that Athens and Riyadh are working closely together towards ... ...
Point of View: ‘Economic Diplomacy in Greek Foreign Policy’

Point of View: ‘Economic Diplomacy in Greek Foreign Policy’

  ‘Economic Diplomacy in Greek Foreign Policy’ By Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Kostas Fragogiannis   In the modern era, the differences between the traditional expressions of diplomacy and economic diplomacy are growing ever more subtle. The decade-long national crisis, which led to a 25% drop in Greek GDP and had a devastating effect on ... ...
Friend of the Diplomatic Corps honoured with Award Night

Friend of the Diplomatic Corps honoured with Award Night

Two notable personalities, two individual women who have made significant strides in medicine and journalism, have been awarded by the Hellenic Association of Political Scientists (HAPSc). During a special ceremony held in the Athenian Club, HAPSc President Symeon Sidiropoulos and the Board of Directors honoured the Doctor and HAPSc Honorary Member Dr. Pari Rapti (pictured ... ...
Guide to Greece: The Jewel of fruits – Pomegranates

Guide to Greece: The Jewel of fruits – Pomegranates

The Jewel of fruits – Pomegranates Health benefits and New Year traditions “In Greek culture, the pomegranate holds much significance. It is a sign of luck, prosperity and fertility. It is also a sign of renewal and regeneration. Since the rituals that surround New Year’s usually involve ways to bring luck, it makes sense that ... ...
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