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Ninth trilateral ministerial meeting of Greece, Bulgaria and Romania – Joint Statement

On the eve of the Conference of the Foreign Ministers of the EU member states and the countries of the Western Balkans, taking place in Thessaloniki on Thursday, 8 May 2014, in the framework of the Greek Presidency of the Council of the EU, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos had

•    a bilateral meeting with Bulgarian Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin.
•    a bilateral meeting with Romanian Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean.

Following that, a trilateral meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Greece, Romania and Bulgaria also took place.

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Art inspired by our Union: Tintinnabullum Europeanum in Strasbourg

The Greek Presidency of the Council of the European Union, in cooperation with the European Parliament presents in Strasbourg, the sound sculpture "Tintinnabullum Europeanum", by the artist Eleni Fotiadou, an artwork that reflects common European values.

Tintinnabullum is inspired by the potential unifying role of the European Union through a common culture that now more than ever is strongly claimed. The artwork  responds to the classical law of physics that “Things synchronized in tone, resonate”.

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Greek Culture Continues its Journey across Europe!

Greece’s fifth Presidency is bringing Greek art, music, literature, cinema, and gastronomy across the world. Many events are already underway in several European cities and will soon wrap up, still others will open in the coming weeks. Below is an updated list of events.
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Together we sail further

Greek Presidency scoreboard

With less than three months to go, the Greek presidency working tirelessly with its institutional partners, the European Parliament, the European Commission and all Member States, has brought about tangible results in our common quest for solutions benefitting citizens.

Over 50 agreements impacting and improving almost every aspect of European citizens’ daily life.

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"European Elections since 1979": a new temporary exhibition at the Parlamentarium

How does your vote affect Europe? Find out how Europeans throughout history have used their vote to shape governance at "European Elections since 1979", a new temporary exhibition hosted by the Parlamentarium

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DPM and FM Venizelos’ statement on the agreement reached at the quadrilateral meeting (U.S., Russia, EU, Ukraine) in Geneva on Ukraine

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos made the following statement on behalf of the Hellenic Presidency of the Council of the European Union:

“The points agreed on in Geneva are an important first step toward de-escalating the situation and shaping the conditions for overcoming the crisis in Ukraine.

What is important now is the conscientious implementation of everything agreed upon, so that a climate of trust and a sense of security can be restored on all levels.”

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Athens: the City with a Thousand Faces

Grey, yet colourful. Vast, yet familiar. Crowded, but with countless unobtrusive oases of calm. A Mediterranean city by the sea continuously inhabited for no less than 7,000 years, a western capital bathed in sunshine and the scents of the East, Athens is a city of many contrasts, a city with a thousand faces and a history lost in myth and legend.

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Mediterranean Diet: For successful living

The Greek Presidency has a lot on its plate

Southern Europeans share a common secret, so genuine, that even scientists attest to its veracity: good food for better living! The Mediterranean diet, which encapsulates this essence, is worth promoting. The Greek Presidency has decided to offer its guests Greek cuisine delicacies and acquaint them with Mediterranean living.

From Spain to Cyprus

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DPM & FM Venizelos’ statement at the EP Plenary for the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WWI (Strasbourg 16.04.2014)

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Venizelos’ statement at the EP Plenary in Strasbourg, on 16 April, for the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WWI.

Dedicating today’s sitting of the Plenary to the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, the European Parliament is rightly choosing to end its proceedings with a message to the citizens of the European Union: that it has a historical conscience. An active historical memory is the only sound foundation for major political initiatives like the ones Europe so urgently needs.

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Thumbs up for Banking Union: EP adopts key texts

The European Parliament, in today’s plenary session, adopted 3 key texts that complete the legislative work underpinning the Banking Union (Single Resolution Mechanism, Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive, and Deposit Guarantee Schemes Directive).