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by Euro Reporter
2009-06-12 09:05:55
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Immigration policy

greekoo1Travelling to Norway and Sweden (June 9-10), Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis attended yesterday an informal dinner hosted by the Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt in the Swedish capital. The dinner was held in honour of the foreign ministers of the member states, ahead of Sweden’s European Union presidency (July-December 2009). The informal dinner’s scope was to provide an opportunity for the European foreign ministers to be informed on the priorities set by the Swedish presidency. One of these priorities described was immigration, an issue of particular political weight for Greece.

Addressing the press, Bakoyannis set out Greece’s intention to pursue a common European policy, one which provides joint decision making. Reinsertion coupled with humanitarian guarantees could be a key element to immigration, but mainly through agreements signed between states as Pakistan or Afghanistan and the European Union. Bakoyannis met with her Swedish counterpart on a prior occasion (May 12), in the margins of the visit of Kostas Karamanlis in Sweden.


Acropolis museum

greekoo2The advertising campaign for the New Acropolis Museum was launched on June 9 by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, transforming the whole city into an open-air museum.  Posters depicting exhibits and banners with the logo of the museum decorate Athenian central avenues and squares. Means of public transport become the "vehicle" for this campaign, conveying the message of the grand opening of the Acropolis Museum. June 15 will mark the launch of the museum’s new website (www.theacropolismuseum.gr). Those wishing to visit the museum from June 21 to 23 must pre-purchase tickets only through the museum’s website, at the symbolic cost of 1 euro.


Hufvudstadsbladet paper on Mykonos

greekoo3The well known Swedish-speaking newspaper Hufvudstadsbladet hosted a two-page article on the Greek island of Mykonos, signed by the journalist Camilla Ahlbom.

At the beginning, the article makes a special reference to the well known Swedish-speaking writer and philhellene Göran Schildt, who travelled to Mykonos with his sail boat “Daphne” six decades ago, when the distinct beauty of the island was still unknown. Later, the island became the favourite destination for many celebrities thus acquiring the cosmopolitan reputation which still retains nowadays.

The article underlines that the island has a very intense night life, while Ms. Ahlbom was impressed by the vast number of churches. A special reference is made also to the archaeological site of Delos, to the famous little Venice and the mascot of the island, the pelican Petros.  

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