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The World Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE) Presiding Board met this afternoon with PASOK President George Papandreou within the framework of its 3rd meeting in Athens. The PASOK president was accompanied by Dimitris Dollis, responsible for Greeks abroad and MP Andreas Loverdos.
SAE President Stefanos Tamvakis thanked Papandreou for his party’s support to the Greek expatriate organization which works for the promotion of the visions of Greeks worldwide and briefed him on the new actions undertaken by SAE focusing on Youth, Education and Greek-speaking education. He also thanked the Permanent Inter-Party Parliamentary Committee on Greeks Abroad 1st Vice-President Grigoris Niotis and Dimitris Dollis for the constructive cooperation.
The PASOK President had the opportunity to be briefed by the SAE Regional Coordinators on issues of great concern for the Greek expatriates.
On his part, Papandreou underlined the Greek expatriates’ substantive service to Greece particularly as regards national issues, pointing out that the resources and knowledge of the Greeks worldwide can be utilized.
Referring to the voting rights of the Greek expatriates, Papandreou underlined the importance attributed to the issue by his party, pointing out that PASOK does not want the involvement of the Greek expatriates in a political party confrontation. He underlined that this can happen if they are represented in the Greek Parliament as a distinct category through the nationwide party lists of candidates, a proposal that is close to the Italian model and will contribute to the genuine representation of the Greek expatriates.
“I am glad that the government is reconsidering the issue following your objections and we hope that we will be presented with a proposal that will win a greater consensus in compliance with our legislation and Constitution,” stressed Papandreou.