Evangelos Venizelos, Ukrainian Aytocephaly: History, Facts and Consequences

23 November 2018

 

Evangelos Venizelos 

 

Ukrainian Aytocephaly: History, Facts and Consequences*

 

Thank you very much for the invitation and the opportunity to discuss such an important and burning issue. The Church very often feeds us with issues we have to discuss politically. Today we will limit ourselves to the issue of the Ukrainian Autocephaly.

As so accurately Professor Evangelou and His Grace Bishop of Christoupolis Makarios have remarked, the problem of Autocephaly is ​​in general a problem of pastoral responsibility and Canon Law, that is, a problem of distribution and exercise of jurisdiction in the Orthodox Church. But always the problem of Autocephaly is also a political problem, a problem of national identity, a problem associated with the emergence of a nation, with the ideology that every state seeks. As history teaches, and as it is generally accepted, I think, in the analysis of these phenomena, especially the emergence of a nation, the national identity is formed through the claim of statehood and then through the very function of the state and the cultivation of a state ideology, which lies at the core of the national identity.

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Evangelos Venizelos, Greek British Symposium II - Openness & Extroversion

GREEK - BRITISH SYMPOSIUM II - OPENNESS & EXTROVERSION

DITCHLEY PARK, OXFORDSHIRE

18 October 2018

After Dinner Speech

Evangelos Venizelos

 

I thank you dearly for the introduction, for the invitation, for your hospitality and for the opportunity to participate in this Symposium of such importance.

Today's debates have turned our attention to some very crucial aspects of our bilateral relations; to points that are not always plainly obvious.

Besides, the conjuncture is particularly challenging.

We are at the final and extremely difficult stage of the course towards the divorce between the EU and the UK.

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Evangelos Venizelos’ intervention in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

Strasbourg, October 12, 2017

 

Evangelos Venizelos’ intervention in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Wednesday 11 .10.2017, joint debate: Call for a Council of Europe Summit to reaffirm European unity and defend and promote democratic security in Europe / Defending the acquisition of the Council of Europe - Preserving 65 years of successful intergovernmental cooperation

The pan-European constitutional acquis concerning Democracy and Rule of Law is proven more fragile than anticipated. The Council of Europe, as the guardian of these fundamental values and institutional guarantees needs a new boost.

The question has to do with the method by which this new boost can be efficiently given. The simple answer is through a new summit of Heads of State and Government of the Member States. The summit is though the most formal and powerful form of the intergovernmental character of the Council of Europe with the correlations of power ant the trade- off that this entails.

In my opinion, the special character and added value of the Council of Europe has to do with the institutions, procedures and mechanisms that has at its disposal, who transcend the intergovernmental character and advocate the principles of the rule of law and the need to protect human rights.

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Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minster Venizelos’ statements following the EU General Affairs Council of 18 March 2014, in Brussels

Brussels, 18 March 2014

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Venizelos’ statements following the EU General Affairs Council of 18 March 2014, in Brussels

 

E. VENIZELOS: Today’s meeting of the General Affairs Council looked principally at the preparations for the Spring European Council, which will be taking place later this week, on 20 and 21 March.

The main focus of this European Council will be the economy, including Growth, Competitiveness and Jobs, which, of course, is also the top priority of the Hellenic Presidency. Energy issues will also figure at the top of the agenda.

Enhancing industrial competitiveness, as a precondition for economic growth and job creation, is, as I said, a key priority for the Greek Presidency and for all European societies at this time, just before the European elections.

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Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Venizelos’ statement ahead of the European Council (Brussels, 17 December 2013)

Brussels, 17 December 2013

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ev. Venizelos’ statement ahead of the European Council 

 

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos made the following statement in Brussels today, 17 December, ahead of the upcoming European Council:

“At today’s General Affairs Council, we prepared the Conclusions for the European Council convening this Thursday and Friday.

One of the major issues is Common Security and Defence Policy. Defence industry plays a decisive role in the context of this policy. This takes us to the major problem of EAS and ELVO in Greece. I am pleased that we are heading towards a mutually acceptable solution. This is linked to the broader choices we are making, as the European Union, in the sector of security and defence policy. But we cannot favor defence industry rhetorically, politically, and then create legal and bureaucratic problems. So I am pleased that this was raised and that we are moving towards a solution.

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Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Venizelos’ speech at the 24th Annual American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce Conference, on “The New Greek Economic Model”

Athens, 3 December 2013

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Venizelos’ speech at the 24th Annual American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce Conference,
on “The New Greek Economic Model”

 

Mr. President of the Hellenic-American Chamber, I thank you warmly for the welcome, for the opportunity you are giving me, once again, to address the high-level audience that always attends these annual meetings that have been organized by the Chamber for 24 years now.

I want to congratulate you on this effort, on the fact that you have created an institution that we use as a forum for public dialogue each year, so that we can consider the course of the Greek economy.

This year’s subject, the new Greek economic and production model, reforms, investments, growth, would be very easy to treat if we had not been in the midst of a crisis for many, many years now.

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Νέα Υόρκη, 23 Σεπτεμβρίου 2013

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Mr. President of the General Assembly
Mr. Secretary General
Excellencies,

It is common truth that the synergy and collaboration of the international community constitute the cornerstone, the basis for an action. Today, we have a great opportunity to go a step forward in order to close the “gaps” and fight exclusion and discrimination. This HLMDD gives us the chance to underline and reinforce the existing connection between disability, human rights and development by advancing the mainstreaming of disability in development policies.

The adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRDP), in 2006, was a landmark in the history of the human rights. It is now the moment to ensure that the international community’s commitment for a disability-inclusive development agenda will be translated into action.

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Keynote speech of Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Greece, Mr. Evangelos Venizelos at the official dinner closing the 1st Economic Forum Greece-UAE 2012

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

 

Keynote speech of Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Greece, Mr. Evangelos Venizelos at the official dinner closing the 1st Economic Forum Greece-UAE 2012



Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, dear friends,

First of all, I would like to warmly thank the organizers of this meeting, primarily my dear colleague and friend, Theodore Pangalos, who invited me to address tonight’s event.

I had the opportunity to meet His Highness the Foreign Minister, with whom we overviewed our bilateral relations and the situation in the wider region. For Greece, the United Arab Emirates is a point of reference in the Gulf Area. It is a country with which we maintain close and sincere ties of friendship as well as strategic cooperation.

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