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“Greek Foreign Policy: Challenges and Prospects”

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA) Addressing the conference “Greek Foreign Policy: Challenges and Prospects” held yesterday on the premises of the Foreign Affairs Ministry,  Deputy Foreign Minister Spyros Kouvelis referred to Greece’s foreign policy priorities centering on economic diplomacy, relations with Greeks abroad and green development.

Kouvelis stressed that the Balkans, the wider Black Sea region and that of Eastern Mediterranean is of particular interest to Greece.
He therefore took the opportunity to refer to the country’s upcoming Chairmanship in the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC, June 1 to December 31, 2010),  forwarding the message that, in its capacity, Greece is committed to strengthen the organisation’s role with respect to its member-states and the region’s economic development.
Finally, on green development, Kouvelis emphasised Greece’s need to live up to the challenges of the new situation taking shape globally. The conference was organised by the Institute of International Relations, an Athens-based think tank affiliated with Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences.

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The Challenge of the Greek OSCE Chairmanship

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)     In the light of Greece’s annual chairmanship of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) starting this January, the Institute of International Relations, a Greek think tank affiliated with Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens, is hosting a round table discussion on December 9 titled “The Greek OSCE Presidency – 2009: Challenges and Perspectives.”  Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Bakoyannis’ opening speech: “OSCE – The 2009 Greek Chairmanship-in-Office: Challenges and Priorities” (November 13, 2008) & Greece at OSCE