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Ομιλία ΥΠΕΞ Σταύρου Λαμπρινίδη στο Πολωνικό Ινστιτούτο Διεθνών Σχέσεων “PISM” (Βαρσοβία, 19/7/2011)

Ο υπουργός Εξωτερικών Σταύρος Λαμπρινίδης εκφώνησε χθες στη Βαρσοβία ομιλία με θέμα “Responsibility and Solidarity: the building blocks of our Union”, η οποία πραγματοποιήθηκε στο Πολωνικό Ινστιτούτο Διεθνών Σχέσεων (PISM).
Ακολούθησε συζήτηση του υπουργού Εξωτερικών με τον διευθυντή του Ινστιτούτου PISM, Marcin Zaborowski, καθώς και ερωτήσεις του κοινού.
Την ομιλία παρακολούθησαν περισσότερα από 120 άτομα, μεταξύ των οποίων πολλοί διπλωμάτες, ερευνητές και δημοσιογράφοι, όπως εκπρόσωποι των πρακτορείων Bloomberg και Reuters, του Πολωνικού Πρακτορείου Ειδήσεων PAP, των τηλεοπτικών σταθμών TVP, TVN, TVN24 και Polsat, των ραδιοφωνικών σταθμών Polish Radio και TOKFM.
Τα κυριότερα σημεία της ομιλίας έχουν ως εξής:
«Πιστεύω ότι δύο από  τις πιο σημαντικές θεμελιώδεις αξίες της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης δέχονται επίθεση τα τελευταία χρόνια. Μια εξ αυτών είναι η υπευθυνότητα, η υπευθυνότητα που το κάθε μέλος της ίδιας οικογένειας οφείλει να επιδείξει απέναντι στους εταίρους του.  Η δεύτερη αξία, η οποία κατά τη γνώμη μου δέχεται επίθεση, είναι η αλληλεγγύη, η αλληλεγγύη που οφείλει να επιδείξει η Ένωση συνολικά απέναντι σε κάθε μέλος της ξεχωριστά. Χωρίς αυτές τις αξίες, δεν θα είχαμε την ΕΕ.
Η αξία της υπευθυνότητας, αναμφίβολα, παραβιάστηκε από έναν αριθμό χωρών στην Ευρώπη και, ως γνωστόν, και από την ίδια μου τη χώρα επίσης, κατά τα τελευταία χρόνια. Υπάρχουν κάποια κριτήρια της Συνθήκης του Μάαστριχτ που όλοι μας στην Ευρώπη συμφωνήσαμε να ακολουθήσουμε. Ως εκ τούτου, όταν δεν τηρούμε αυτά τα κριτήρια, παραβιάζουμε ξεκάθαρα την ευθύνη που έχουμε να εργαστούμε ως εταίροι. Αυτό είναι αλήθεια και αυτή η ιστορία αποκαλύφθηκε στα τέλη του 2009.
Δυστυχώς όμως, με αυτή την διαπίστωση, η συζήτηση πάγωσε τότε σαν να είχε παγώσει ο χρόνος. Αλλά ο χρόνος δεν παγώνει. Κατά τον τελευταίο ενάμιση χρόνο, η Ελλάδα έχει καταβάλλει μια υπεράνθρωπη και πρωτοφανή σε όλη την ΕΕ προσπάθεια να επιστρέψει στην αξία της υπευθυνότητας, τόσο προς δικό της όφελος, όσο και προς όφελος των εταίρων της. Continue reading

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World Poetry Day – 2011 Elytis Year

Odysseas Elytis and his work will be the focus of this year’s World Poetry Day, which is celebrated each year on March 21.
The National Book Centre of Greece (EKEBI) launches a poetry campaign including several events.
One of the day’s highlights is an event jointly organized by EKEBI and the Hellenic Authors’ Society which brings together well-known poets and writers such as Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke, Vassilis Vasilikos, Kiki Dimoula and Evgenia Fakinou to recite poems by Odysseas Elytis.
Athenians and citizens of Thessaloniki, Mytillini, Rhodes and Zakynthos will have the opportunity to come across illustrated verses by Elytis as public transport means will feature some of the Nobel laureate’s most beloved and renowned poems. Poetry reading nights, with young poets will also be held in Athens and Thessaloniki.
Moreover in Athens, poet Nanos Valaoritis will present a new theory regarding Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey at the Hellenic American Union, while at the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, World Poetry Day will be celebrated through poetry, music and stand-up poetry.
The year 2011 has been designated as an Elytis Year by Culture and Tourism Ministry, in order to mark the 100th anniversary since the birth of the Nobel laureate poet.
Nobel Prize Organisation: Excerpt from Worthy It Is, Poetry International Web- Odysseas Elytis: I Lived the Beloved Name, Drinking the Sun of Corinth, Marina of the Rocks, The Wind That Loiters.
(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)

Holocaust Memorial Day

The opening of the exhibition The Memorial: 16 Artists Propose, featuring projects that were submitted last year by 16 artists, as part of an international competition for the construction of a Holocaust Memorial of Greek Jews, took place at the Jewish Museum of Greece.
The competition was conducted by the Jewish Community of Athens and resulted in the selection of the work of artist DeAnna Maganias which was unveiled at a special event in May 2010. The museum is also organising a week-long programme of educational activities and memorial events, lasting until February 4.
The exhibition –which will remain open until August 2011- is part of events that have been planned for the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day, co-organized by the Attica region and the Jewish community of Athens for January 26 and 27. A memorial service was held on the 27th of January, at the Athens Synagogue in Thisseio, to be followed by a speech by University of Athens History Professor, Hagen Fleischer.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Dimitris Droutsas issued a statement on the occasion of the Holocaust Memorial Day, in which he referred to Greece’s continuing efforts to preseve historical memory and educate younger generations. He further added that preparations are underway for a permanent Greek exhibition at the Auschwitz Museum.  
(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)

Kedzierzawska, Lechki win awards at Thessaloniki Film Festival

Poland’s film director Dorota Kedzierzawska was granted the honorary Golden Alexander award for lifetime achievements at the 51st Thessaloniki International Film Festival that ended on Sunday.
Marek Lechki won the Best Screenplay Award for “Erratum”, the film he also directed and produced.
On show during the festival were Kedzierzawska’s films “I am”, “Devils, Devils” and “Time to Die”. The films illustrate the Polish director’s original, outstanding style and her compassion for the people she portrays and profound respect she has for their choices, festival organizers wrote.
The Thessaloniki International Film Festival is a top film festival of South Eastern Europe. Founded in 1960 as the Week of Greek Cinema, it became international in 1992.
(Polish Press Agency)
 

PM George Papandreou & the Media

Prime Minister George Papandreou addressed yesterday the NewsXchange 2010 Conference currently being held in Athens.
In his speech, the premier commended the role of media in highlighting several of the underlying causes of the financial crisis but also pointed to some of the negative stereotypes that resurfaced in of the international media’s reporting on Greece, during this last year.
“Your job is to report the facts as objectively as possible. My job is to be honest with you, with the Greek people, and of course with the international community, which is supporting us in this effort to deal with the crisis, present the facts as they are,” stressed the premier.
Youtube.com: PM’s Speech at NewsXchange 2010 Conference  
(Greek News Agenda)

Russia honours Polish director Andrzej Wajda

Polish film director Andrzej Wajda has been awarded an Order of Friendship by Russian president Dmitri Medvedev, the Kremlin informed Tuesday.
The Order of Friendship is one of the highest Russian distinctions.
Kremlin spokesmen said Wajda was granted the Order for his contributions to Russian-Polish cultural ties.
Wajda, 84, one of the founders of the so-called “Polish film school” in the 1950s and 60s, won world fame with his epic works Man of Marble and Man of Iron, in which he criticized Stalinism. Wajda has received numerous international awards for his films, including a lifework Oscar in 2000.
Earlier this year Wajda’s film Katyn about 1940 mass executions of Poles in Katyn Forest, west Russia, evoked broad reactions in Russia. Wajda said at the time that he had been personally involved in the film as his father had been among  the Katyn victims.
(PAP, 11/8/2010)

Greek Language Learning

On Line Learning
The Filoglossia+ consists of an educational multimedia CD-ROMs series for learning Greek as a foreign language, supported by English and addressed to beginners with little or no previous knowledge of Greek.
“Filoglossia” means fondness for language learning and the programme is mainly based on the communicative approach, focusing on the production and comprehension of both oral and written speech. “Filoglossia” is designed by the Institute for Language and Speech Processing (ILSP).

Looking Ahead
A new strategic plan for the support of Greek language learning in Greece and abroad was the focus of debates at an International Workshop on Greek Language and Linguistic Training, organized by the Centre for the Greek Language held from June 28 to 30 in Thessaloniki, with the participation of 60 Greek and Foreign linguists.
On the occasion, Education, Life-long Learning and Religious Affairs minister Anna Diamantopoulou said that the establishment of a National Council for the Greek Language would help draw a comprehensive strategy.
Creating an organization, similar to the German Goethe Institute or the British Council, which would operate with branches around the world could be an important vehicle to promote Greek language, culture, and history learning. The minister also announced that a conference is to be held in October focusing on the Education of the Diaspora.

• Learn a Greek Word Every Day!

It has been observed that relations of the Diaspora with the Greek language have been weakening over the years – especially with second and third generation migrants.
To help redress this, three friends from Chicago have designed an on-line Greek dictionary aiming to help English-speaking emigrants keep in touch with the language of the forefathers.
Greektionary.com was created to provide everyone with an opportunity to improve their Greek vocabulary on a daily basis.
Three words (beginner, intermediate and advanced) are chosen each day and displayed with their translations, pronunciation, examples, and recorded audio files (Mp3s). Those interested can sign-up and receive free Greek words everyday by e-mail!
(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)