On Sunday, January 19, CFG cut its usual New Year’s pie. The event was honored by the presence of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, in charge of Hellenes Abroad, Mr. Costas Vlasis, while the president of ONNED, Mr. Pavlos Marinakis, was also connected online.The event took place at the Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain, where His Eminence Archbishop Mr. Nikitas gave with great kindness.
In his speech, ONNED President Pavlos Marinakis spoke warmly about the great response of the people, but about the general work being done by ONNED in the United Kingdom. He also mentioned his plans so that ONNED can go through another era with hard and substantial work. He stressed the importance of foreign organizations for ONNED in general, while he made special reference to the importance of the bill passed by the Government and concerns the vote of expatriates in the place where they live. In fact, he noted that there will be an upcoming global campaign to mobilize as many young Greeks as possible who can contribute to the future of the country, from every corner of the globe.
Immediately after the president of ONNED, the speech was given by the president of ONNED of the United Kingdom, Giannis Amoutzas. Thanks to both the official guests and the friends and members who filled the Archdiocese’s hall, he made a brief account of the rich action of 2019, while at the same time committing to an even stronger 2020.
Deputy Foreign Minister Mr. Vlasis, after thanking the Archbishop for his hospitality, stressed the special sensitivity of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis for Greeks living and working abroad. He mentioned the hard work of the Government in order for Greece to cover all the lost ground and move to the new era.
Mr. Vlasis continued by emphasizing that the goal of the government is to implement all the priorities that he set before the elections and that concerned the Greeks abroad. Of course, the passage of the bill on the voting of expatriates in their place of residence, gave the impression that everything has started positively, while emphasizing that the next priorities are to restore the speed of service to citizens through consular authorities, while another priority concerns learning the Greek language where there is Hellenism abroad.