Greece wins four of 28 Europa Nostra awards given in 2012

By , March 26, 2012 4:09 PM

  Greece wins four of 28 Europa Nostra awards given in 2012

Greece has won four of the 28 Europa Nostra Prizes for Cultural Heritage in 2012, the European Commission announced on Tuesday, 20Mar2012. The 28 winners were selected from among 226 submitted projects from 31 countries. The European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage – Europa NOSTRA Awards highlight some of Europe’s best achievements in heritage care, and showcase remarkable efforts made in raising awareness about our cultural heritage.

EUROPEAN UNION PRIZE FOR CULTURAL HERITAGE / EUROPA NOSTRA AWARDS 2012

Three of the prizes won by Greece were in the Conservation category and went to the NTUA School of Architecture for the Averof Building, the Windmills of the Monastery of St. John the Theologian on the island of Patmos and the Ancient Citadel of St. Andrew on the island of Sifnos.

The fourth prize was in the category ‘Dedicated Service’ and went to the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation in Athens, Greece.
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The prizes will be presented on June 1 during a ceremony at the Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon, by Europa Nostra President Placido Domingo and European Commission officials.

See also Eropean Commission – Culture

Η 25η Μαρτίου 2012

By , March 25, 2012 5:38 PM

 National holidays and especially the 25th Μαρτίου provide us an opportunity to reflect on our past and look forward for our future.

I would like to think positive because negative thoughts communicate more fear and depression. We should not forget that our πατρίδα is one of the oldest nations in the world. Through the thousands of years history we have encountered many much more severe situations and we have succeeded in overcoming them. Today’s situation is not more than a spec in time and again we will prevail and emerge even as a stronger nation as we learn from our mistakes of the past.

We must look forward. Think positive. Think what we can do to go forward.

 There are good news in the horizon, such as that a couple of days ago a funding agreement was signed in Athens, concerning to the creation of a Guarantee Fund dedicated to enhance lending to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). http://www.greeknewsagenda.gr/2012/03/new-fund-to-boost-smes.html

  • EFG Eurobank Ergasias will invest approximately EUR 68 million into urban projects located in the regions of mainland Greece (40 million) and the Peloponnese (28 million);
  • Investment Bank of Greece will invest approximately EUR 50 million into urban projects located in the regions of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace (10 million), North Aegean (10 million), Western Macedonia (15 million) and Epirus (15 million); and
  • Piraeus Bank will invest approximately EUR 40 million into urban projects located in the regions of Central Macedonia (20 million) and Thessaly (20 million).

You can read more about the “EIB joins forces with three banks for cities in Greece” here:

http://www.eib.org/about/press/2012/2012-022-eib-joins-forces-with-three-banks-for-cities-in-greece.htm

http://www.greeknewsagenda.gr/2012/02/eib-regional-forum-tackling-climate.html

 Yes we have long way to go, but these are positive developments paiving the way out of the recession.

 As for us here in the forum, I have stated repeatedly to try to engage on positive thinking and come up with proposals and act. We should take the lead in moving forward the public dialogue from a focus on problems to a focus on solutions.

 Ζήτω η 25η Μαρτίου 1821!

Thanos Voudouris
HEC Director

Campaigns recasting Greece’s image in a better light

By , March 9, 2012 2:22 PM

Source: Kathimerini English Edition – By Gabriel Frangoulis

 “Rebranding, reinventing, enhancing the image of Greece at home and abroad: These ideas are key nowadays in restoring the public image of a country which has been badly damaged by a severe economic crisis and five years of recession…

 …an opportunity to take the lead in moving forward the public dialogue from a focus on problems to a focus on solutions…”

Read entire article in Kathimerini English version.

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