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by Euro Reporter
2009-05-05 08:00:09
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The official visit of the Greek President Dr. Karolos Papoulias to Finland
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The President of Hellenic Republic Dr. Karolos Papoulias and his wife are coming to Finland for a state visit on 4-7 May 2009.

President Papoulias will arrive on Monday May 4th. Reception ceremonies and official talks with President of the Republic Tarja Halonen will take place at the Presidential Palace on Tuesday, May 5th. The program on Tuesday will include the laying of a wreath in Hietaniemi Cemetery and a banquet at the Presidential Palace. On Wednesday, May 6th President Papoulias will visit Parliament and meet with Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen. Also on the program are visits to Uspenski Cathedral and the University of Helsinki and the opening of a photo exhibition at Helsinki City Hall.

President and Mrs Papoulias will return to Greece on May 7th.

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Seminar for the restitution of the Parthenon Marbles and the new Acropolis Museum at the Helsinki University

ovi parthenonThe Finnish Committee for the Restitution of the Parthenon Marbles, in cooperation with the Embassy of Greece in Finland and the University of Helsinki warmly welcomes you to the seminar on the “Restitution of the Parthenon Marbles and the New Acropolis Museum”. The Seminar will take place at the University of Helsinki (Great Hall) on Wednesday, May 6th at 17:15.

Key-speakers of the seminar will be Dimitris Pantermalis, Professor of Archaeology of the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki and Director of the Organisation for the Construction of the New Acropolis Museum and Anthony Snodgrass, Emeritus Professor in Classical Archaeology at the University of Cambridge, specialist in Archaic Greece and Chair of the British Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles.

H.E the President of the Hellenic Republic Dr. Karolos Papoulias and Mrs. May Papoulia will honour the event with their presence.

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Yiannis Ritso 100 years
Concert at the Helsinki University

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One hundred years have passed since the birth of Greek poet Yiannis Ritsos and in order to honor the occasion, a free concert will take place at the Juhlasali of the University of Helsinki. The event is being organized by the Department of Modern Greek Language and sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Greek Ministry of Culture. Composer Christos Leondis and his orchestra will present melodies based on Ritsos’ poems. Two of the latter, “Kapnismeno tsoukali” (11 songs) and “Proino astro” (6 songs), will be performed for the very first time, here in Finland. The first one tells about the life at the prison islands, while the second is dedicated to the poet’s daughter.

During the event, poems will be recited and a DVD-presentation regarding Ritsos will also be shown. Christos Leontis will contact some other of his melodies as well.

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United against racism

Greece participated in the 2009 Durban Review Conference against Racism held in Geneva (Durban II, April 20-24), following the 2001 Durban World Conference.

In his address, the Permanent Representative of Greece to the Durban Review Conference H.E. Ambassador Franciscos Verros, stressed that Greece has a long commitment to helping the international community build a common human society of mutual understanding. Moreover, the Greek government regards the task of eliminating discrimination as one of its most significant policy objectives. In this respect, in 2005, incorporating EU directives, Greece enacted legislation on the implementation of the principle of equal treatment regardless of race, origin, religion, gender, age or sexual orientation. The country’s principles can be summarised in combating xenophobia and trafficking, improving measures on asylum, migration and minorities, as well as protecting the rights of women, children and the disabled. International cooperation could be further enhanced should UN member trust Greece to serve the term of 2012-2015 as a member of the Human Rights Council, for which the country has presented its candidacy. 



  
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Alexandra Pereira2009-05-06 02:38:03
Yiannis Ritsos - one of my favourite poets ever. What a phenomenal "voice" he had!


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