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Greece: People with Disabilities & Mass Media

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   For the third successive year, an international conference on People with Disability and Mass Media is beinghosted by the Secretariat General of Communication – Secretariat General of Information (SGC-SGI). The conference will be held on June 23-24 at the Press Centre of the SGC – SGI. Journalists, academics and people with disabilities will address the conference. Issues to be discussed include new media and accessibility, communication and autism, as well as Paralympics and the media. Within the framework of the conference, the 2nd Emotion Pictures: International Documentary Festival on Disability takes place on June 21-23, 2008,at the New Benaki Museum for Contemporary Art and Design. Both events are held on yearly basis and constitute an initiative of the Minister of State and Government Spokesman Theodoros Roussopoulos.

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Conference in Athens: Media and Sports

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA) The Hellenic Audiovisual Institute (IOM) held a conference on “Media and Sports: new rules of the game” on May 7,  at the Press Centre of the Secretariat General of Communication – Secretariat General of Information. The aim of the conference was to address the new digital environment evolved around sports media as well as trigger debate and raise public awareness on the topic of sports media rights. In his inaugural speech, Minister of State and government spokesman Theodoros Roussopoulos noted that as regards Greece, a country that prides itself being the homeland of sports, the economic and technical implications of the sports industry in the media should never obscure the essence and principles of sports. Noble emulation may sound old-fashioned, however, Greece is bound to make these values prevail over any possible speculation, the Minister added.

Greece, Russia Forge Ties

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)    Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis met yesterday with President Vladimir Putin within the framework of an official visit of the Greek premier to Russia before the “changing of the guard” in Kremlin on May 7, when Putin hands over his position to President-elect Dmitry Medvedev. Karamanlis is accompanied by Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis, State Minister and government spokesman Theodoros Roussopoulos, as well as Development Minister Christos Folias. The strategic relation between Greece and Russia as well as the personal ties of mutual understanding between the two leaders were reiterated in a joint press conference, during which, Putin and Karamanlis announced the signing of an energy deal which consolidates Greece’s participation in the South Stream gas pipe, which will render Greece into an energy hub in its region. The South Stream project will transfer Russian gas under the Black Sea to Bulgaria before splitting in two branches. One branch will transfer the gas to Austria, while the other branch will head to Italy passing through Greek territory. Karamanlis stated that Greece opts for energy security combined with diversification both in sources and means of transport, given the country’s aggregated demand for energy supplies due to growing economic development.    Continue reading

European Council in Brussels, March 13 / 14th 2008

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  The spring European Council concluded its proceedings in Brussels, Friday 14th, where Greece was represented by Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis, Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis, Minister of Economy and Finance George Alogoskoufis, Minister of State and Government Spokesman Theodoros Roussopoulos, and Deputy Foreign Minister Yannis Valinakis. Continue reading

First Chinese book on contemporary Greece

(ΑΝΑ) The first book on contemporary Greece ever published in China was presented in Beijing on Friday. The 428-page book was written by assistant professor and researcher at the Institute of European Studies Song Xiaomin, who has had a long and fruitful collaboration with the Press and Communication Office of the Greek Embassy. Continue reading