The President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou will give a speech at the Temple of Olympian Zeus in Athens, to mark the inauguration of the Greek Chairmanship of the Council of Europe. The event, starting at 20.15 local time on Wednesday 8 July, will also be attended by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, and will begin with a greeting from the Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs, Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, in his capacity as Chair of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers.
The event is part of a rich programme of cultural activities planned within the framework of the six-month long Greek Chairmanship, due to take place in Greece and abroad. These events aim to highlight the cultural dimension of the Greek Chairmanship, which focuses on the protection of human rights, the rule of law and democracy in times of pandemic.
The Temple of Olympian Zeus was chosen for this event, as it symbolises the timeless sacred locus of all human societies to preserve human dignity and human freedoms, even in times of environmental and health challenges – from the Athens outbreak of classical times to today’s COVID19 pandemic. The artistic part of the event will include a classical music programme featuring distinguished Greek performers. lt will be livestreamed from the official website and the social media of the Greek Chairmanship of the Council of Europe.