10 May, 2007
Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannis Valinakis inaugurated events marking Europe Day on May 9 and the 50th anniversary of the founding of the European Economic Community at Syntagma Square in downtown Athens on Wednesday night, stressing that "we want informed citizens."
Valinakis referred to the celebration of the 50th anniversary "of the European Union and its significance for the peoples of Europe, a Europe that is peaceful today and its peoples are living in a state of prosperity and security," reminding that the peoples of Europe had suffered a great deal from bloody wars and conflicts in the past.
"The things that are self-evident today were not always so. Our peoples are living in a state of prosperity and security and all of us together must give wings to the European Union to enable us to go even further," Valinakis said.
Events at Syntagma Square will last for four days and will give visitors the opportunity of visiting the various pavilions for information on the EU's individual policies and its programmes.
Source: Athens News Agency