13 May, 2009
The two-day international Athens Summit 2009 conference on "The road to Copenhagen" opened yesterday with speakers focusing on managing the security of energy supply, providing energy security in Europe and beyond, and assessing the role of the countries of Southeastern Europe as a gateway to energy security and diversification.
Senior governmental officials, corporate leaders, financiers, and experts participate in the summit to discuss how the twin goals of energy security and managing climate change can be achieved to the benefit of all people.
The inaugural speech was delivered by the President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias.
The President called for the collaboration of social forces beyond political parties for an economic and social vision to ensure viable development and protection of the environment, despite possible confrontation with vested interests.
For his part, main opposition PASOK and Socialist International (SI) President George Papandreou stressed that Greece should take all necessary measures to increase "green" investments.
He called for a "turn toward quality products and the use of new technologies in all sectors (transport, health, tourism)," underlining the importance of investing in human resources through education.
He also noted that "Greece can play an important role as regards cooperation with the SE European countries and the Mediterranean region through 'green' diplomacy," he stated.
Source: GREEK NEWS AGENDA issued by the Secretariat Genera