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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-11-20

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Slovak President receives Gold Key of Thessaloniki
  • [02] Pavlopoulos addresses meeting on public information pricing
  • [03] Engraving exhibition in Athens

  • [01] Slovak President receives Gold Key of Thessaloniki

    Visiting Slovak President Ivan Gasparovic was presented on Thursday with the Gold Key of the City of Thessaloniki by mayor Vassilis Papageorgopoulos.

    Gasparovic was received at Macedonia Airport shortly after noon on Thursday by Macedonia-Thrace minister Margaritis Tzimas, after which the Slovak President was presented with the Key at a special ceremony.

    Welcoming the Slovak dignitary, Papageorgopoulos welcomed him to the birth city of Saints Kyrillos (Cyril)and Methodios, and referred to Thessaloniki's position today in Southeastern Europe, noting that the northern Greek capital had a consistently upward and developmental course, and noted that Thessaloniki has been twinned with the Slovak capital.

    Papageorgopoulos, a former sprinter, further noted that in Bratislava in 1972 he had equalled the European record of 10 seconds in the 100 meter race.

    Gasparovic praised the activities and contribution of Cyril and Methodios, saying: They gave us the 'birth certificate' of our own civlization. They prompted us to develop and to find our cultural place among the other peoples. Shortly, the 1,200 years will be celebrated of their birth here in Thessaloniki. Children of your city, our spiritual brothers. We consider it our obligation to honor this anniversary. We diesre your participation also, in the spirit of the Christian and humanitariation traditions, just as the united, today, Europe sets out.

    The Slovak President later attended a luncheon in his honor hosted by Tzimas.

    Gasparovic's itinerary also includes a visit to the Kyrillos and Methodios Church, where he will meet with Metropolitan Anthimos of Thessaloniki, and a meeting with Thessaloniki prefect Panayiotis Psomiadis at Macedonia Airport before his departure for Bratislava.

    [02] Pavlopoulos addresses meeting on public information pricing

    The importance of the availability of public sector information to the citizens was underlined by Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos, addressing a conference Thursday on the pricing of commercial use of public sector information. The volume of the public administration produced information is huge and if priced constitutes for many countries a new, emerging source of wealth, he said, adding that based on a study conducted in EU member-states in 2002 the overall price value was approximately 68 billion euros corresponding to 1 percent of the European Union GDP. Pavlopoulos stated that Greece has responded to its EU obligations and two years ago harmonized the national legislation with the relative EU directive, pointing out that a price ceiling has already been set.

    [03] Engraving exhibition in Athens

    The evolution of Greek etching is being highlighted in the Panorama of Greek Engraving exhibition inaugurated by Culture Minister Michalis Liapis at the Technopolis cultural center in Gazi, Athens. The exhibition, hosted by the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece, offers a unique opportunity to visitors to admire over 600 works on display, stated Liapis on Wednesday during the formal opening, stressing that the ministry of culture supports such initiatives referring to the recently held Biennale on Rhodes with works by Mediterranean artists.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Culture Minister Michalis Liapis


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