The 13th New Democracy congress kicking off tomorrow will bring together 1764 delegates and 5,639 observers. The majority of the participants belong to the age groups of 35-44 (24.9%) and 25-34 (24.8%); 5.6% belong to the age group of 18-24, 21.3% to the 45-54 group, 13.4% to the 55-64 group, while 10% are over 65 years. Female population, however, is not doing well, since the ratio is two to one; 66.5% are men, whereas only 33.5% are women.
The congress, with “the future begins now” as its basic motto, will commence with the speech of Kyriakos Mitsotakis. As the party president has said, the congress will sculpt New Democracy’s post-election image, after the party taking over the leadership. The third day, Sunday, will be of particular interest, as, in addition to the prime minister who will be speaking at the closing, former Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, EU Commissioners Dimitris Avramopoulos and Margaritis Schinas, as well as the President of the European Parliament and the President of the Conference of the party, Vangelis Meimarakis, will also be speaking. On Saturday, the conference will be divided into themes – the fight against populism and climate change. Apart from the ministers and party executives, 13 invited Greek and foreign speakers will also take the floor at the congress. Overall, 10% of the delegates have been scheduled to give a speech, which reduces the duration of each speech to 3 minutes; that, however, does not apply to the top speakers.
On Saturday a night race will also take place, with more than 300 racers having expressed interest. /ibna