International Conference “”More Europe” in and outside the EU. What role can culture play?” (Warsaw, 19/11/2012)

19 listopada 2012 (poniedziałek), godz. 9:30 – 20:00
Warszawa, Centrum Nauki Kopernik, Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20  

19 November 2012 (Monday), 9:30 am – 8:00 pm
Warsaw, Copernicus Science Center, Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20 

”MORE EUROPE” to obywatelska inicjatywa kulturalna, której celem jest podkreślenie i wzmocnienie roli kultury w relacjach zewnętrznych UE. Obecna edycja debaty ”More Europe“ odbywa się w stolicy największego kraju spośród tak zwanych „nowych członków“ UE. Polska, aktywnie współpracując w dziedzinie kultury z krajami spoza Unii, zwłaszcza z państwami Partnerstwa Wschodniego, pełni rolę „mostu“ pomiędzy Zachodem a Wschodem, także w obszarze polityki i gospodarki, kładąc jednocześnie szczególny nacisk na wzmocnienie społeczeństwa obywatelskiego przez kulturę. Debata dotyczyć będzie głównie sposobu, w jaki kultura może wspierać budowę europejskiej tożsamości kulturowej w oparciu o społeczeństwo obywatelskie wewnątrz i na zewnątrz UE; struktur do tego potrzebnych; a także sposobu, w jaki artyści i artystki oraz organizacje pozarządowe spoza UE, widzą te kwestie.

 “MORE EUROPE” is a civic cultural initiative that seeks to highlight and reinforce the role of culture in the external relations of the European Union. This edition of More Europe takes place in the capital of Poland, the biggest country among the so called “new” EU Member States and a very active player in the field of cultural co-operation with countries outside the European Union, notably the Eastern Partnership area. Poland acts as a “bridge” between the West and the East in terms of politics, the economy and culture, and puts special emphasis on strengthening civil societies through culture. The Warsaw debate will focus on ways in which culture can contribute to the development of a European cultural identity through the activities of civil societies inside and outside the EU. It will also look at the structures needed to support this process, and present insights of artists and NGOs from outside the EU.

Tłumaczenie: cała konferencja będzie tłumaczona na język polski i angielski
Interpreting: the entire conference will be interpreted into Polish and English
Informacja/Info:
www.austria.org.pl
prosimy o kontakt z /please contact at:
moreeurope@austria.org.pl; 0048 22 526 88 00

19-go listopada Centrum Nauki Kopernik, ul. Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20, będzie otwarte od godziny 8:30
Doors open at the Copernicus Science Center, Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20 Str., at 8.30 am on 19 November

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“European Day of Languages 2012” (Warsaw, 24-29/9/2012)-Events of the Press Office (24-25 & 29/9/2012)

The Press Office of the Greek Embassy in Warsaw participates in “European Day of Languages” events, that will take place in Warsaw (24- 29 September 2012).
Various events will be open to the public, including screenings of films, such as “Diolkos – for 1.500 years” (25 September, 13.00 p.m, Russian Cultural Institute, RONIK). 
A special stand promoting Greek tourism 
will provide information and material at the University campus of the Old Library  on the 25th of September.
A demo-lesson of Greek language is, also, included in the programme on the 25th September.
Finally the Greek language will be promoted through the city game organised on the 29th September.
26 Cultural Institutes and Embassies of European countries, the European Commission (Representation in Poland), FRSE, the University of Warsaw, the Municipality of Warsaw, the Polish Ministries of Culture and Education take part in this year`s project.
“European Day of Languages” events include an  international conference on ”ICT and Social Media in Language Education”, city game, language picnic, theatre workshops etc..
For more information about the programme of “European Days of Languages 2012″: www.edj.waw.pl

“The Balkans – Europe goes South-East” (Warsaw, 2-4, 8/12/2011) – Film “Reverse” of the Greek director George Grigorakis

The Press Office of the Greek Embassy in Warsaw invites to
“The Balkans – Europe goes South-East”, a week of events focusing on South-Eastern Europe
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Musical performances, films, literature and a conference on politics, 
organised by the Embassies and Cultural Institutes of the Balkan countries and Austria, among them, also, the Press Office of the Greek Embassy.
As the accession treaty with Croatia will be signed during the last days of the Polish EU Presidency, the events aim to show what South Eastern Europe has to offer.


On Saturday, 3rd December, at 5 pm,
during the screening of short films from South-East Europe, the film “Reverse” of Greek director George Grigorakis (2010, 19 min., feature) will be projected in Klub Powiekszenie (ul. Nowy Swiat 27).
The film, a production of the Sarajevo Film Festival, has been distinguished with two awards in the Drama Festival.
The plot:
Marco wants to teach his son how to protect himself, while his son wants his Mom back. His lover wants to protect herself and her son, Adis, knows how to do it! Marco is caught in a situation, where he is unable to protect himself or his son. Words and actions work in reverse.

The programme of the events:
http://www.austria.org.pl/NEW/PL/index.php?id=1285

Organizers, partners, sponsors:

Tribute to poet Odysseus Elytis

On November 2, 2011 Greece commemorates the 100th anniversary since the birth of poet laureate Odysseus Elytis. To mark the centenary of his birth, 2011 has been designated as Elytis Year by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Odysseus Elytis was born in Heraklion, Crete on November 2, 1911 and died in Athens on March 18, 1996.
A major poet in Greek language, Elytis is also one of the outstanding international figures of 20th-century poetry. Elytis’ poetry has marked, through an active presence of over forty years, a broad spectrum of subjects with a rarefied and passionate stylistic touch. The first collections of poetry (Orientations, 1939, and Sun the First, 1943) are joyous and radiant, celebrating the Greek landscape as an ideal world of sensual enjoyment and moral purity.
His experience of the war in 1940s marks a departure from the sunny atmosphere of his early youth and poetry, colouring his long poem Heroic and Elegiac Song for the Lost Second Lieutenant of Albania (1943). The attempt of Elytis to identify himself with the nation and speak for himself and also for his country reaches its peak with Axion Esti (‘Worthy It Is,’ 1959), his central and most ambitious work for which he was awarded the 1979 Nobel Prize for Literature.
His experience of the war in 1940s marks a departure from the sunny atmosphere of his early youth and poetry, colouring his long poem Heroic and Elegiac Song for the Lost Second Lieutenant of Albania (1943). The attempt of Elytis to identify himself with the nation and speak for himself and also for his country reaches its peak with Axion Esti (‘Worthy It Is,’ 1959), his central and most ambitious work for which he was awarded the 1979 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Centenary Celebrations
The Athens Concert Hall is paying tribute to Odysseus Elytis by holding a two-day (October 31 to November 1) international conference titled Odysseus Elytis: The 20th century in the poetry of Elytis. The poetry of Elytis in the 21st century, exploring new approaches in the interpretation of his work.
On November 2 and 3, there will be an event of original music by George Kouroupos under the title Odysseus Elytis’ This Small, this Great World!, with poetry and prose set to music, representing the main facets of the work of Odysseus Elytis: lyricism, a restless spirit of inquiry, courage, spirituality, sensation and true emotions. Continue reading

Historic decisions for Greece and the Eurozone

Following a marathon negotiating session of European Council on the 26th of October in Brussels, Heads of State and Government of the Eurozone member states agreed on a comprehensive set of measures which reflect their unwavering determinationto overcome together the current difficulties and to take all the necessary steps towards a deeper economic union commensurate with their monetary union.
In particular on Greece, there was an agreement that should secure the decline of the Greek debt to GDP ratio with an objective of reaching 120% by 2020. It also includes a voluntary contribution by private creditors, amounting to a nominal discount of 50% on notional Greek debt. Additionally, a new EU-IMF multiannual programme financing up to € 100 billion will be put in place by the end of the year, accompanied by a strengthening of the mechanisms for the monitoring of reforms implementation.
“The debt is absolutely sustainable now,” Papandreou told a press conference, earlier today, after the meeting of euro zone leaders.
“Greece can now settle its accounts with the past, once and for all. […] We can claim that a new day has come for Greece, and not only for Greece but also for Europe,” the premier added.
Primeminister.gr: Papandreou press conference after the euro summit (in Greek); European Council President: Remarks by Herman Van Rompuy following the meeting of the Euro Summit & Statement by President Barroso
(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)

Συνέδριο Εθνικής Τράπεζας Πολωνίας (Βαρσοβία, 21-22/10/2011) – Συμμετοχή της υπουργού Παιδείας Άννας Διαμαντοπούλου

Η Εθνική Τράπεζα Πολωνίας, στις 21 και 22 Οκτωβρίου, στο πλαίσιο της Πολωνικής Προεδρίας της ΕΕ, διοργάνωσε συνέδριο με θέμα «Προς μια περισσότερο ολοκληρωμένη και σταθερή Ευρώπη – Προκλήσεις ενώπιον της Ευρωζώνης και της Κεντρικής, Ανατολικής και Νοτιο-Ανατολικής Ευρώπης».
Στο συνέδριο συμμετείχε η υπουργός Παιδείας, Διά Βίου Μάθησης και Θρησκευμάτων, Άννα Διαμαντοπούλου, η οποία ήταν ομιλήτρια στις 22 Οκτωβρίου στην συζήτηση panel με θέμα «Η ιστορία και οι προοπτικές της ΟΝΕ πέρα από την οικονομική διάσταση».
Συντονιστής της συζήτησης ήταν ο Jacek Saryusz – Wolski, μέλος του Ευρωπαϊκού Κοινοβουλίου, και εισηγητής ο Mario Monti, πρώην επίτροπος της ΕΕ και πρόεδρος του πανεπιστημίου Bocconi. Στη συζήτηση συμμετείχαν, επίσης, ο καθηγητής του πανεπιστημίου του Princeton, Harold James, ο πρώην πρωθυπουργός της Ολλανδίας, Ruud Lubbers, και ο πρόεδρος του “Intelligence Capital Ltd” και καθηγητής του “Caribbean Policy Research Institute”, Avinash Persaud.
Τα κυριότερα σημεία της ομιλίας της υπουργού Α. Διαμαντοπούλου έχουν ως εξής:
Η υπουργός τόνισε ιδιαίτερα το έργο και τους στόχους που έχει επιτύχει κατά τους τελευταίους 18 μήνες η Ελληνική Κυβέρνηση και αναφέρθηκε αναλυτικά στους οικονομικούς δείκτες, που καταδεικνύουν την επιτευχθείσα μείωση του δημοσιονομικού ελλείμματος. Στη συνέχεια, υπογράμμισε τις θεσμικές μεταρρυθμίσεις, που έχουν γίνει στην Ελλάδα, όπως π.χ. στο συνταξιοδοτικό,  την τοπική αυτοδιοίκηση, το άνοιγμα των κλειστών επαγγελμάτων κ.α.
Σημείωσε με έμφαση ότι σε μια δημοκρατική χώρα τέτοιου βάθους και εύρους μεταρρυθμίσεις δεν είναι εύκολες, καθώς απαιτούν χρόνο για να πεισθεί η κοινωνία για την αναγκαιότητά τους, αλλά και να προσαρμοσθεί σε αυτές. Ωστόσο, ο χρόνος, τρέχει διαφορετικά στην πολιτική από ό,τι για τις αγορές. 
Αυτό που  ευρίσκεται τώρα στο φιλοσοφικό και πολιτικό πυρήνα της ΕΕ και τις κρίσης της ευρωζώνης, υπογράμμισε, είναι ότι απαιτείται από εκλεγμένους σε εθνικό επίπεδο ηγέτες να λάβουν αποφάσεις σε ευρωπαϊκό επίπεδο και να βρουν λύσεις για ευρωπαϊκά προβλήματα, λύσεις που εν πολλοίς αφορούν άλλους λαούς.
Είναι απαραίτητο πλέον να στραφούμε προς μια πολιτικά περισσότερο ενοποιημένη Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση μέσω της ανάδειξης διά εκλογής Ευρωπαϊκής ηγεσίας. 
Η υπουργός απέρριψε την ιδέα εξόδου της Ελλάδας ή και άλλων δύο ή τριών κρατών-μελών ΟΝΕ από την Ευρωζώνη, υπεραμυνόμενη της εξεύρεσης ευρωπαϊκής λύσης. Τόνισε ακόμη, ότι, με βάση εκτιμήσεις οικονομικών αναλυτών, το οικονομικό κόστος για Ευρωπαίο πολίτη αδύναμης οικονομικά χώρας από την έξοδο κράτους μέλους από την Ευρωζώνη, θα ανέλθει στα 11.500 ευρώ για το πρώτο έτος και 4.000 ευρώ για το δεύτερο. Το αντίστοιχο κόστος, για  κάθε πολίτη ισχυρής οικονομικά χώρας, θα ανέλθει στις 3.000-4.000 ευρώ για το πρώτο έτος.
Πέρα από το οικονομικό κόστος που θα επέφερε η πιθανή έξοδος ενός κράτους- μέλους από την ευρωζώνη, το πολιτικό κόστος για την ΕΕ θα ήταν ακόμη μεγαλύτερο, ανέφερε η υπουργός, δεδομένου ότι η δύναμη και ο ισχυρός ρόλος, που διαδραματίζει η ΕΕ σε παγκόσμιο επίπεδο, θα μειωνόταν σε ανυπολόγιστο βαθμό και θα προκαλούσε κοινωνικό-οικονομικές εσωτερικές αναταράξεις εντός ΕΕ.
Είναι πολύ σημαντικό, ανέφερε η υπουργός, η ΕΕ να κινείται προσεκτικά βήμα-βήμα, διότι στην ουσία εν τέλει έχει να κάνει με τις ζωές εκατομμυρίων ανθρώπων.
Παράλληλα, στους συμμετέχοντες στο συνέδριο διατέθηκε ενημερωτικό υλικό της Γενικής Γραμματείας Επικοινωνίας και Ενημέρωσης για τις μεταρρυθμίσεις της ελληνικής κυβέρνησης κατά την διετία 2010-2011 και για τα σημαντικότερα αποτελέσματά τους.
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“European Day of Languages” (24-29/9/2011) – Greek events organized by the Press Office

The Press Office of the Greek Embassy in Warsaw once again participated in “European Day of Languages 2011” events, that took place in Warsaw from 24 till 29 September and aimed to inform Poles about the cultural and linguistic heritage of European countries.

Organizers were over eighteen countries, members of EUNIC Cluster Warsaw (European Union National Institutes of Culture), among them the Press Office of the Greek Embassy, cultural institutes and embassies of European countries, as well as  other institutions such as the European Commission Representation in Poland, the European Parliament Communication Office in Poland, the Polish Foundation for the Development of the Educational System, the University of Warsaw etc.
The program (www.edj.waw.pl) consisted of demo language lessons, seminars, European film festival, theatre workshops, city game, language picnic etc.
The Greek program of the events included:
Demo lesson of Greek language, that took place in the Institute of Foreign Languages of the University of Warsaw on the 27th of September, as part of the demo-lessons of  languages and cultures of the participating countries.
Greek info stand, which was set in the University Campus of the Old Library of the University of Warsaw and provided touristic information on the 27th September from 9 am until 3 pm.
The film “The Trojan Women” directed by Michael Cacoyannis (1971) was shown at the Russian Cultural Institute on the 29th September, during the film festival organized in the Russian Cultural Institute (26-29 September) and the cinema Alchemia (25th September):
A wide range of other events were organized during the week (24-29 September): a two-day conference “Language Competences for Professional and Personal Success inEurope”, entertainment activities, theatre workshops, city games, competitions on a special website. This year`s project attracted many students and other visitors and it can be considered as a perfect opportunity to experience the Greek language and culture.