Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis presented the members of the “Greece 2021” Committee today at the opening ceremony and said in his speech: “2021 offers an important opportunity for bold reflection but also zealous thinking, rethinking and for giving new meaning to the values that ultimately lead to national self-awareness”.
Speaking about the Commission, he said: “It is our pleasure today to present the first 31 members of this important Committee:
– Top US and UK academics Mark Mazower, Roderick Beaton and Richard Clogg.
– Greek professors from abroad: Ms. Helene Glykatzi-Ahrweiler, Stathis Kalyvas and Dimitris Gontikas.
– Vassilis Rapanos from the Academy of Athens and Archbishop Ignatios from the Church of Greece.
Alongside them will work historians such as Paschalis Kitromilidis, Kostas Kostis, Evanthis Hatzivassiliou, Maria Efthimiou, Elpida Vogli and Ioanna Laliotou.
Political and social scientists such as Yiannis Voulgaris, Nikos Mouzelis and Aristides Hatzis. Economists as well, like Napoleon Maravegas.
– Arts and Literature will also be represented, with Stavros Zoumboulakis, Theodoros Kourentzis, Despina Mouzaki, Dimitris Papaioannou and Ekaterini Kamilaki.
-Researchers from the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Mathematics, Medicine and Genetics will signal the shift to the future: Konstantinos Daskalakis, Eleftheria Zeggini, Maria Themeli, Nicholas Negroponte, Christos Papadimitriou and Ioannis Tarnanas.
– Markos Veremis and Gregory Papadopoulos will represent the field of innovation and entrepreneurship”.
He praised Gianna Angelopoulos and the organizing committee: “The organizational structure is called upon to serve this celebration and responds, I believe, to its multi-dimensional nature… The head of the Commission has demonstrated her administrative capacity and the zeal which she invests. Its members from Greece and abroad will offer their knowledge and experience in many different fields in which they have excelled. And the representatives of Parliament, the institution of the Parliament, the Government and the State will contribute their own resources to the venture”.
Talking about the purpose of the fiesta, the preparations for which have begun by Gianna Angelopoulos and the 31 members of the Commission, he said, “It constitutes a re-introduction with our collective self, which will give Greece a significant opportunity to reconstruct itself internally. It will also allow to reintroduce itself with its modern identity in Europe and the whole world
He did not hesitate to refer to the vote of Greeks abroad: “… Today, we need a different ‘Sacred Band’. We need Greeks who were driven away because of the crisis and are burning up with the desire to return. But also those who live and make it in “second homes” without forgetting the first. It is those who are now coming one step closer to being able to vote from their permanent place of residence.
He also said: “The uprising of ’21 comprised a source of renaissance for the nation… But a nation that – eventually – grew geographically, expanded in population, advanced economically. And this must always be kept in mind.
The democratic spirit of the Constitutions of the Revolution saturated the political life of the land. So much that universal suffrage has been a fact since 1844. Meanwhile, the principle of declared confidence was constitutionally established in 1875. Therefore, Greece, faithful to the idea of liberal parliamentary democracy, has been a political pioneer among European states … “.
For the 200-year anniversary he stated: “An old small Ottoman province is now a strong European country; which leaves the crisis chapter behind and renews its faith in the future.
It is now “courageous like it used to”, as our national anthem goes on to say. I am sure that the Commission for the 200 years since the Palingenesis is guided by the same spirit. A spirit of unity, moderation and creative respect. That will be communicated through language, style and ethos that will highlight the significance and magnitude of the event today”. /ibna