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Immigration: Greece Cannot Be Left Alone

PierreLelouche-Valinakis(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  The French Minister of State, responsible for European affairs, Pierre Lellouche was welcomed yesterday by deputy Foreign Minister Yannis Valinakis in Athens.   The two ministers had the opportunity to discuss a number of issues of European interest ranging from the Lisbon Treaty and immigration to Balkans and Turkey’s candidacy for the EU.   Referring to immigration in particular, Lellouche acknowledged that his visit to Greece helped him realise the true extent of the problem which Greece is facing and stressed that in view of the 150,000 illegal migrants that have entered the country, Greece cannot be left alone to deal with the problem, whether that help consist in prodding Turkey to cooperate or coming up with a coastal protection scheme.  Greek News Agenda: Diplomacy on Migration- Barrot visits Migrant Centres

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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

Mediterranean Concerns

» A Mediterranean Union?

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA) Deputy Foreign Minister Yannis Valinakis chaired a meeting convened yesterday at the Foreign Ministry and reffered to a recent French proposal for a Mediterranean Union, stating that “our interest in every shape or form of substantial cooperation that is developing in our region is asserted and it is in this positive spirit that we are approaching the French government’s proposal on forming a Mediterranean Union.” The minister added that “Greece must be present with specific, well-prepared proposals on sectors that are of interest to us, and where there might be a business interest such as transport, shipping, tourism, energy, immigration and culture.” Continue reading

Meeting of the “Olive Group”

The 5th Informal Meeting of Foreign Ministers of Mediterranean EU member states known as the “Olive Group” (Paphos, 17-18.1.2008), concluded its proceedings in Cyprus. Greece was represented by Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis and Deputy Foreign Minister Yannis Valinakis. The meeting’s agenda included current affairs of Mediterranean interest, i.e. the Middle East Peace Process, the European cooperation initiative for a collective response to natural disasters, Kosovo, and the recently proposed “Mediterranean Union.” Continue reading

Yannis Valinakis au 1er Forum de l’Alliance des Civilisations

“Le respect des droits de l’Homme, des minorités et des droits religieux constitue une condition indispensable pour l’adhésion d’un pays à l’Union Européenne (UE)”, a souligné mardi le secrétaire d’Etat aux Affaires étrangères, Yannis Valinakis, qui participe aux travaux du 1er Forum de l’Alliance des Civilisations qui se tient à Madrid. Continue reading