The Federation of Greek Communities of Europe (OEK) Coordinating Body Executive Secretariat held its first meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister Theodoros Kassimis in Athens on January 26, 2009.
The OEK Europe Executive Secretariat comprised Giorgos Papadopoulos, in charge of Secretariat Coordination, Costas Dimitriou, president of OEK Germany, Evdoxia Panta, president of OEK Belgium and Komninos Haideftos, president of OESK Sweden.
The meeting was held in a positive atmosphere and focused on the role and importance of the OEK Coordinating Body in the course of organized Hellenism in Europe. They recognized OEK’s institutional role and underlined the important contribution of the Coordinating Body to the efforts aimed at upgrading the Communities and their impact on local societies. They also agreed that the Coordinating Body should be supported as regards its annual conventions and its overall operation.
In addition, they discussed issues concerning the financial support of Federations and Communities and underlined the need to observe the procedures of the General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad, GSGA, to ensure the timely support of activities undertaken by Federations and Communities.
The Coordinating Body representatives pointed out the need for SAE to immediately meet its advisory and consultative role.
Kassimis briefed the Executive Secretariat on the latest developments on the issue of the Overseas Greeks voting rights and the representatives of the Federations of Europe reiterated their firm position that the Greeks in Europe should vote in Greek national elections from their country of residence.
Source: OEK Europe Coordinating Body Executive Secretariat