The SAE Europe Regional Convention held with the participation of 220 delegates from 20 European countries is being concluded in Frankfurt today.
The convention launched on Saturday focused on Greek expatriate education, youth problems, integration issues, the voting rights of the Greek expatriates etc.
The convention opened with a message by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew conveyed by Bishop Bartholomew of Arianzos, while General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad General Director Ioannis Kyparissidis conveyed a message by Deputy Foreign Minister Theodoros Kassimis responsible for Greeks Abroad.
Parliamentary Special Permanent Committee on Greeks Abroad President Nikolaos Tsiartsionis underlined the important role the Greek expatriate vote will have in Greek politics and pointed out that boosting SAE is a national necessity.
Committee vice-president Grigoris Niotis referred to the great role of education for the Greek expatriates.
Addressing the delegates, SAE President Stefanos Tamvakis underlined that Hellenism in Europe has a pioneer role stating that Greeks in Europe are always actively involved in developments.
The SAE president referred to the efforts made to shape SAE into a more extravert organization and to the action taken to make the activities of the presiding board, the regions and the coordinating councils more widely appealing. He underlined that the member registry of the seven SAE Regions has become updated and referred to the creation of the not-for-profit company DESMOS as well as to the launch of cooperation with Hellenic Postbank (TT) aimed at giving SAE partial economic independence.
General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad General Director Kyparissidis referred to the secretariat’s activities in the 25 years since its establishment, underlining the operation of camps for Greek expatriate children which offered hospitality to roughly 20,000 young expatriates.
SAE Europe Regional Coordinator Giorgos Amarantidis referred to the initiatives undertaken aimed at improving the living standards for the Greeks in Europe.
Ministry of Education Special Secretary for Cross-Cultural Education Angelos Syrigos referred in detail to the problems and prospects for Greek education in Europe.