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Greece Honours French Stateman

Valery Giscard d'Estaing(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  French statesman Valery Giscard d’Estaing was presented yesterday with the “Award for Parliamentarism and Democrac” – the highest honour bestowed by the Hellenic Parliament to influential international figures. The 2009 award was handed to d’Estaing by Parliament Speaker Dimitris Sioufas in a ceremony held in the Greek Parliament’s portico, attended by Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis, ministers, politicians, artists and academics.  Sioufas described the former French president as “a unique, great European visionary, an ally of Greece, a philhellene,” who not only assisted in the restoration of democracy in Greece, in 1974 but, crucially supported Greece’s entry into the European Economic Community (EEC).

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In Athens the Euro Mediterranean Cooperation

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA) The Hellenic Parliament, through its speaker Dimitris Sioufas, is presiding over the 4th Plenary Session of the Euro Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly, currently taking place in Athens. 37 country members from across the world, including European Union’s all 27 countries, are invited to attend the hearings.  The institution aims at promoting Euro-Mediterranean cooperation and will be addressed by European Commission’s president Jose Manuel Barroso, European Parliament’s President Hans Gert Pöttering, Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis, EU’s Commissioner on Environment Stavros Dimas, as well as speakers of other national parliaments. Continue reading

Greek Parliament President visits New Acropolis Museum

(ATHENS NEWS AGENCY) Parliament President Dimitris Sioufas was visibly impressed following his visit to the new Acropolis Museum on Wednesday and congratulated all Greek governments from 1976 onwards for their efforts.Sioufas, who was offered a guided tour of the museum by Culture Minister Michalis Liapis, was accompanied by members of the parliament’s Standing Committee on Cultural and Educational Affairs. The parliament president stated that he was overwhelmed by the new museum, stressing that it “constitutes a reference point for culture worldwide”. Continue reading