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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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Greece: 30 Years in EU

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)    May 28, 1979 was an historic day for Greece, as it was the day Greece’s accession treaty to the European Union was signed.  30 years have elapsed since, and to commemorate the landmark date, a ceremony took place yesterday at the Zappeion Hall, the same venue where the inaugural treaty was signed.    To honour the event, a special guest who had attended the historic signing, attended the celebration yesterday: Former French President and European Convention on the Future of Europe President Valery Giscard D’Estaing (see photo, on the left) was an ardent supporter of the European vision and a close friend of then Prime Minister Konstantinos  Karamanlis, who also shared his vision of a united EuropeDuring these thirty years of Greek-European relations, adherence to the European institutions has been unequivocally endorsed by both the political elite and the people.  Despite conflicting interests among member states, Greece enters the European dialogue with a clear pro-European, pro-integrationist frame of mind.  It has already backed cooperation within the EU and has expressed its support for the Lisbon Treaty, a closer cooperation in the Common Foreign and Security Policy and future enlargement towards the Balkans.