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Hellenic Culture

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA) The International Centre for Hellenic Culture and Vocational Training (ICHCVT) is a grant by the Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation to the University of Ioannina. The Centre aims to serve as a bridge between Greece and Greeks living abroad. Its objectives include supporting the teaching of the Greek language to foreigners, promoting Greek-European culture, training young people in professions that will address needs in the Balkan Peninsula and the countries of the Black Sea region. The Centre, comprised of two buildings and covering a total area of 4,500 square meters, was designed by Alexandros Dovas. It is complete with teaching rooms, laboratories, space for cultural events, and a theatre.

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Black Sea Economic Cooperation

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  On June 25, the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organisation (BSEC) commemorated its 16th anniversary. Ever since its establishment as International Organisation, BSEC has been responsible for developing intergovernmental, interparliamentary, economic, business and scientific cooperation between the countries of the broader Black Sea region. Although not on the Black Sea, Greece has been closely linked to all eleven other members of BSEC since ancient times. Greece’s significant role to BSEC is being constantly promoted through the operation of the Thessaloniki based Black Sea Trade and Development Bank, the International Center for Black Sea Studies, headquartered in Athens, as well as Greece’s recent presidency at BSEC’s Parliamentary Assembly. Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Greece and the BSEC & Statement of FM Dora Bakoyannis on the occasion of the BSEC’s 16th anniversary 

In Search of the Golden Fleece

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  The Hellenic Parliament and the Municipality of Volos (www.volos-city.gr) are hosting a two-day international conference, beginning today in the city of Volos, on mythological hero Jason and his Argonauts. Renowned academics from both Greece and Georgia are participating in the conference, which is under the auspices of the Greek government and the Georgian diplomatic service. A series of related cultural events are taking place, which will culminate with the sailing of a replica of Argo, the ship with which Jason and his companions set sail from Iolkos (Volos) for their quest for the Golden Fleece in Cochis (city of Poti, on Georgia’s Black Sea coast). Ancient Greece Online: Greek Mythology-Jason; Volos Municipal Enterprise for rban Studies: Argonauts Museum