Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at July 4th Celebration

We have stood together in every major conflict of the last two centuries. And now, as Greece begins the long process of recovery from an eight year economic crisis, the United States is committed to doing all that we can to help sustain a process of recovery – encouraging foreign investment, keeping a positive spotlight ...
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Ambassador’s Remarks at ACS Graduation Commencement

The ACS Mission statement outlines the aim of challenging all students to realize their unique potential: and to thrive as responsible global citizens. As someone who has lived abroad most of the past thirty years and has worked throughout my career to bring people and governments around the world closer together, I urge you to ...
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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the Fulbright 70th Anniversary

Awards Ceremony At the American School of Classical Studies – Cotsen Hall June 13, 2018 – 7:20 to 9:00 PM Thank you for your warm introduction Artemis. Good evening Minister Gavrolgou, members of the Fulbright Board and staff; Fulbright scholars and students, distinguished guests, it is my pleasure to be with you agian tonight to ...
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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Junior Achievement Awards Ceremony

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Junior Achievement Awards Ceremony Foundation of Hellenic World June 1, 2018 Good evening, everyone. Your Excellency President Pavlopoulos, Mr. Mitsotakis, Deputy Minister Vaxevanakis, honored guests, students and teachers, it’s a great pleasure to be here to celebrate the successful completion of this year’s Student Company Program. I want to express a ...
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8th Athens Open Air Festival

The U.S. Embassy in Athens proudly supports the 8th Athens Open Air Festival by featuring the critically – acclaimed 1995 “The Bridges of Madison” as the opening film of the festival. Clint Eastwood based the story of the film on the best-seller romance by Robert James Waller and transformed it into one of the most ...
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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at 2018 American Studies Seminar

First of all let me say what a real pleasure and an honor it is for me to be with you here at the American Studies Seminar. This Seminar is one of the embassy’s most longstanding public affairs programs, and it has a great reputation for helping us to share insights about the United States, ...
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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at “The Squeeze” event of Orange Grove

I’ve been saying to my staff at the U.S. Embassy, let’s find a way to partner with the Dutch Embassy on “The Squeeze” on the great work they’re doing in Orange Grove.  And I’m especially proud that we’re able to do so at tonight’s event which is not only a typical Orange Grove pitching competition, ...
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“Dancing to Connect” Education Program 2018

The U.S. Embassy in Athens is happy to partner with the Onassis Cultural Center for the dance education program “Dancing to Connect” reaching 200 high school students in Athens and Chania.  In its sixth year, the program has reached over 1,100 students ages 13-18, and has travelled to five different cities around Greece. 
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College Year in Athens Students visit the U.S. Embassy

U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt greeted more than 100 American students at the start of their study abroad program with College Year in Athens.  The students from 50 U.S. universities received information about the U.S.-Greece bilateral relationship, careers in the U.S. Foreign Service, and good personal security practices for traveling abroad.
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International Day of Volunteers

On the occasion of the International Day of Volunteers on December 5, the U.S. EMBASSY ATHENS supported a four-day program organized by the volunteer organization Ethelon, with the participation of two American experts, Jonathan Barreto and Katy Elder, senior executives of one of the largest volunteer organization in the U.S. Points of Light. 
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Ambassador Pyatt Host Reception for Greek Chef Diane Kochilas

Congrats to the Greek chef  Kochilas Diane  on the launch of her new show “My Greek Table” airing on  PBS  starting October 6. U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt and his wife Mary hosted her, along with an amazing group of Greek food bloggers, chefs, winemakers, entrepreneurs, tourism and government officials, for a sneak preview of the first episode: a ...
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Ambassador Pyatt Discusses with Winners of MITEF and Mindspace Challenge

Ambassador Pyatt hosted a discussion in honor of the winners of this year’s MITEF Greece Startup Competition and Mindspace challenge. The teams had the opportunity to present their work to the Ambassador, talk about their experiences from these competitions, and discuss their future plans. They participated in an engaging discussion on Greece’s entrepreneurial landscape, and ...
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Ambassador Pyatt Announces Refugee Scholarship Program

We wanted to do something to address that problem, which is what brings us to this project, which we are calling “Education Unites: From Camp to Campus.” This is a refugee scholarship program, which is just one part of the United States’ comprehensive effort to support Greece in responding to this refugee emergency that Greece ...
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4th of July Celebration 2017

July 4 has always been my favorite holiday because it is, ultimately, a celebration of the idea of ‘America’ — the cherished democratic values that make us strong. Democratic accountability, freedom, honor — the values that inspired America’s founders originated right here in Athens, so celebrating here is especially appropriate.
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Independence Day Reception in Thessaloniki

Today we celebrate 241 years of American democracy, and there is no place better-suited to mark the occasion than here in Greece. In 1776, a small band of patriots declared that we were a people created equal — free to think, worship, and live as we please; that our destiny would be not determined for ...
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Karamanlis Institute – Marshall Plan 70th Anniversary Discussion with Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis

The Marshall Plan also, however, was critically an institutional incubator. It was, as Mr. Mitsotakis pointed out, the seed of European institutions, first the European coal and steel community, later the European community, and, ultimately, the European Union, and all of the institutions of Euro-Atlantic cooperation, that we take today, take for granted.
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Greek Tourism Expert Visits U.S. through IVLP

Lia Zampetoglou, Education Manager at the Institute of the "Greek Tourism Confederation, recently took part in an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) sponsored by the U.S. Department of State to learn about how the tourism industry could boost Greece’s economic growth. Along with 25 other professionals from around the world, Ms. Zampetoglou examined strategies and ...
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Hack the Camp Teams Present their Innovative Solutions to Refugee Challenges

Five months after the final competition, teams “RefuGR”, “Refergon,” Co-Producing the Camp, and EterArt presented progress on their projects on Thursday, June 1st 2017 at a special event for hackathon participants, mentors, press and select guests in Impact Hub Athens. Ambassador Pyatt noted “for me, for the U.S. Embassy, this is part of an ongoing ...
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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at “Hack the Camp” Finale

Thursday, June 1, 2017 7:00 – 8:00 pm Impact Hub Athens As Delivered Good evening everybody.  First of all, let me say what a treat it is to be back here at the Impact Hub.  I love this new space, so congratulations on that.  The last time I was here was December so it’s a ...
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Mindspace Challenge

With the ssupport of the U.S. EMBASSY ATHENS , the Mindspace Challenge was completed last week, at the Ίδρυμα Ευγενίδου – Eugenides Foundation , which 13 teams from all over Greece participating in the finals. The teams that stood out, ranked from 1st to 5th, are: – REND, a multi – platform subscription based service for the mass rental of video games – @EyeQ, ...
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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at a Reception in Honor of the American Farm School and Aliki Perrotis

April 10, 2017, 7:00 pm Ambassador’s Residence As delivered  Let me first of all say what a pleasure it is for Mary and I to welcome all of you here to our home this evening.  This is a very special event for us in view of what you all know is a very strong relationship ...
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Open House Athens Tours Historic Gropius Building

Fulbright Scholarship Alumnus, architect, and photographer Yiorgis Yerolympos led architecture students on a tour of the historic Chancery Building of U.S. Embassy Athens, designed by Walter Gropius – one of the most prominent figures of modern architecture.
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SXSW 2017

The U.S. Embassy Athens partners with Hellenic Initiative and the International Accelerator for the fourth consecutive year to support the participation of promising Greek startups and representatives from the creative and interactive industries to the SXSW (South by Southwest)  festival in Austin, Texas. The Greek startup delegation at SXSW 2017 had two full days presenting their ...
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Women Changing Greece – Episode 1

The first episode of the “Women Changing Greece” video documentary features three Greek women who share how their experiences with business development and entrepreneurship were positively affected by participating in U.S.-Government sponsored exchange programs.
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Athens First Lego League Tournament

Over 250 innovative students aged 10-16 years old competed in the 2017 Animal Allies – Robotics Competition FIRST® LEGO® League at UTechLab, the U.S. Embassy’s American Space partner within the Eugenides Foundation.  On February 19, 30 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) mentors, 120 volunteers, referees, judges, robotic experts, and nearly 3,000 visitors enjoyed an ...
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U.S. Mission Leaders Visit UTechLab

On February 10, Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt and Deputy Chief of Mission Suzanne Lawrence visited  UTechLab  in Athens. A collaboration of the  U.S. EMBASSY ATHENS  and the  Ίδρυμα Ευγενίδου – Eugenides Foundation  – the center focuses on providing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs to high school students. The Embassy leadership saw demonstrations of the 3-D printing technology, robotics, programming, and comics workshops that ...
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Museums and Tourism: A Working Relationship

Athens, November 29, 2016 – The U.S. Embassy Athens, in partnership with the Benaki Museum and the British Council, is organizing the conference “Museums and Tourism: A Working Relationship.”  The event is taking place on December 8, 2016, 09:30 – 17:00, at The Benaki Museum, Pireos 138. The sixth annual Museum Conference invites museum and ...
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Hack The Camp: Refugee and Integration Challenges

Friday, October 21 was the first night of  #HackTheCamp  – the hackathon on refugee and integration issues. Ambassador Pyatt addressed the gathered crowd of 130 coders, creative professionals, designers, NGO representatives, and refugees, urging them to help find concrete solutions to the real problems faced by the migrants living in the camps. Teams will have six weeks to develop ...
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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the American Citizens’ Voting Party

  Friday 14 October 2016 – 7:00 p.m. American Community School Good evening everybody.  Thank you, Director Gialamas, for that very gracious introduction.  I also want to say thank you to Rosemary and the whole team from our Consular Section.  They do great, great work and I know they put a lot of effort into ...
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“Welcoming Today’s Refugees”

Athens, September 16, 2016 –“Welcoming Today’s Refugees” was the subject of a live, web event co-hosted September 13 by the U.S. Embassy in Athens.   NGO professionals, refugee activists, students, and academics discussed global responsibility for taking action on the refugee crisis.  Dr. Nadina Christopoulou from the Melissa Network of Migrant Women led the discussion in ...
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“CodeGirls 2.0” successfully ended!

Fifty young girls in Kalamata and Kozani spent four days full of coding and technology, run contests and saw Google’s new gadgets during “CodeGirls 2.0,” an innovative coding program sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in partnership with Mataroa. At the end of the program received their certificates from U.S. Ambassador David D. Pearce.
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Joint U.S.-Greek Training on Airport Security

The U.S. Embassy co-hosted a Customs and Border Protection document training for the Hellenic National Police, Athens International Airport personnel, airline personnel and their security companies.  The goal of the training was to enhance border security by helping relevant personnel more effectively identify improperly documented passengers.  The training, under the auspices of the U.S. Department ...
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U.S. Perspectives on NATO

Deputy Political Counselor and Political-Military Officer Julia Jacoby recently addressed 40 undergraduate students who are studying international affairs and  NATO  issues at  Panteion University . Julia covered the history and turning points of NATO as an organization and discussed the upcoming Warsaw NATO Summit where NATO heads of state and government officials will come together to make decisions ...
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Greek University Career Center Directors in the U.S.

Representatives of the career centers of the  Technical University of Crete , the  Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki , the Technological Educational Institute of Chania-Crete, Greece , the  Piraeus University of Applied Sciences , and the Co-Founder of  Effect , kicked off their  International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)  in New York and New Jersey to explore how universities operate in the U.S. to contribute to youth entrepreneurship, innovation and job creation The participants visited  Stevens Institute of Technology  where two of the Vice Provosts are ...
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Opening of HSI Cultural Property Workshop, April 18, 2016

Acropolis Museum April 18, 2016 Αξιότιμες κυρίες και κύριοι καλημέρα σας και σας ευχαριστώ θερμά για την παρουσία σας. Είναι ιδιαίτερη τιμή για μένα να βρίσκομαι σήμερα εδώ στο Μουσείο Ακρόπολης όχι μόνο ως πρέσβης της χώρας μου, αλλα και ως λάτρης και σπουδαστής  της αρχαίας ελληνικής κληρονομιάς και του ελληνικού πολιτισμού γενικότερα. Πολλοί από ...
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Greek Startups Pitch at SXSW 2016!

The  U.S. EMBASSY ATHENS , in collaboration with  The Hellenic Initiative and Austin-based  International Accelerator , supported the participation of 24 Greek startup professionals in the  SXSW Interactive 2016  Festival. During the Festival, the Greek Startup Delegation participated in an international pitching competition, with seven of participants listed in the Top 10 Startups out of 84 competitors. One of the startups,  ERGON Foods , won second place! A ...
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Ambassador Pearce Visits Athens Science Festival

U.S. Ambassador David D. Pearce had the opportunity to stop by the Athens Science Festival  and visit Dimitris Hatzis, the youngest person to ever build a 3D printed, life-sized, humanoid robot, which he calls ‘Troopy’. This was the perfect opportunity for Ambassador to also congratulate young Dimitris from Kavala for being admitted to the  MIT Launch program. MIT Launch is ...
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Greek Creative Delegation at SXSW 2016

The U.S. EMBASSY ATHENS supported the participation of twelve professionals from creative industries in Greece at the SXSW Education, Interactive, Film and Music Festival 2016. Greek representatives of music and film festivals, film production, education and arts education, media, technology, and innovation attended lectures, workshops, mentoring sessions, …and music and film showcases during the ten days of the festival. ...
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U.S. Embassy Supports the Participation of Greek Professionals at SXSW Festival

Athens – The U.S. Embassy in Athens is delighted to support the participation of 12 Greek professionals at the South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, from March 11-20, 2016.  The U.S. Embassy is also collaborating with two other international institutions, The Hellenic Initiative and the Austin-based International Accelerator, for the participation of 30 ...
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Pitch it Like it’s Hot!

A hands-on, result-based program enabling graduates, undergraduates, and young professionals to effectively pitch an idea started in Athens on Friday. It is a series of pitching and presentation skills workshops which will take place over the next three weekends at Utech Lab, the digital center for youth at the Eugenides Foundation.   With support from the ...
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International Women’s Day at Microsoft Innovation Center

Deputy Chief of Mission Suzanne Lawrence met with 25 women entrepreneurs, tech innovators, and business leaders in honor of International Women’s Day at Microsoft Innovation Center.  The participants provided advice and support to one another, with the conversation focused on  how to best overcome obstacles women face in the business world.  Peggy Antonakou, Managing Director ...
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Model United Nations

Economics Officer Annika Betancourt and Political Officer Rafael Diaz met with four Greek high school students from the Panagiotopoulos School in Athens who will take part in a Model United Nations competition in late March.  The students will take on the role of the United States in the mock U.N. General Assembly and they wanted ...
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Consul General Explains U.S. Elections to Students

Consul General Rebecca Fong discussed the United States Electoral System and the Primaries with a group of 70 students of Political Science at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.  CG Fong offered an overview of the U.S. Presidential Elections, focusing on how the U.S. primary and general election works and the difference between popular voting and ...
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“Exchange Our World” with Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards, February 26, 2016

Following in the footsteps of the legendary Jazz Ambassadors Program of the 1950’s, the American Music Abroad Program specifically designed for people-to-people cultural exchange, communicated America’s rich musical contributions and diverse culture during a ten-day tour of Northern Greece.  Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards performed in Kozani, Xanthi and Thessaloniki holding concerts, workshops, lectures ...
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Vice Adm. Foggo Visit to Greece

Vice Adm. James Foggo, III, Commander, 6th Fleet, met with leaders of the Hellenic Republic Ministry of National Defense and Hellenic Navy General Staff (Feb 23, 2016).   The parties cited the great importance of the U.S. – Greece bilateral relationship.  Vice Adm. Foggo praised Greece for its steadfast support and in promoting bilateral security and ...
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American Hellenic Chamber of Commerce Pita Cutting, February 1, 2016

“2015 was a year filled with quite a few challenges and uncertainty here in Greece.  Throughout all of it, the U.S. has been Greece’s steadfast friend.  This will not change.,” said Consul General Fong during her remarks at the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce “Pita Cutting” celebration on February 1; an event honoring an old Greek ...
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U.S. – Greece Air Force Training at Souda Bay

During a bilateral training with the Hellenic Air Force, the Chief of the Hellenic Air Force General Staff (GEA), Lieutenant General Christos Vaitsis, visited Souda Bay on February 1 where he met with U.S. Air Force General Frank Gorenc, USAFE-AFAFRICA commander.  The two men discussed issues of special interest. This current flying training deployment represents ...
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Fulbright Alumni Cut Traditional “Pita” for the New Year, January 25, 2016

On January 25, approximately 60 Fulbright Foundation alumni joined Consul General Rebecca Fong and Fulbright Executive Director Artemis Zenetou in the traditional “Pita cutting” to mark the New Year with aspirations of happiness and prosperity.  Along with Fulbright alumni, academics, artists, and others gathered to exchange views on the importance of academic exchange and the ...
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Opening of “The Rebirth of St. Nicholas” Exhibition in Thessaloniki

Consul General Rebecca Fong Rebecca Fong had the honor to participate in the opening of the exhibition “The Rebirth of St. Nicholas Church at ‘Ground Zero’” with designs by Santiago Calatrava, organized by the Teloglion Foundation of Arts and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Alternate Rector Paraskevi Argyropoulou-Pataka, Professor Alexandra Voutira, Consul General Fong, Professor ...
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Secretary Kerry Visits Greece

Secretary of State John Kerry visited Greece on Friday, December 4th, 2015 for meetings with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias.  While in Athens, the Secretary also met with the members of the migrant women’s organization Melissa and toured the Temple of Hephaestus with Dr. Kevin Daly of the American School of ...
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Young Innovator Visits the U.S. Embassy

Young Greek scientist, Dimitris Hatzis from Kavala, visited the U.S. Embassy Athens today and presented his robot, Troopy, which he created from 3D printed material. Dimitris Hatzis has become the youngest person to build a 3D printed, life-size humanoid robot. His year-long build was part of In Moov, an open-source 3D printed life-size robot created ...
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Thessaloniki Model United Nations for Public School Students

Consul General Rebecca A. Fong congratulated a group of 240 high school students from 25 public schools of the central Macedonia region on their participation in the 14th annual Thessaloniki Model United Nations simulation exercise at the American Farm School, November 20 – 22.  Consul General Fong underlined the value of keeping an open mind, ...
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Ambassador Pearce Hosted a welcome Reception for Consul General Rebecca Fong

“Greece Matters” were the words of Consul General Rebecca Fong during her welcome reception hosted by Ambassador David D. Pearce last week.  Ambassador Pearce highlighted the importance of the U.S. Consulate in Thessaloniki and its close cooperation with the Embassy in Athens, underlining the long-lasting friendship between the two countries.  Ambassador Pearce described the principle ...
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Study in the USA Opportunities

Consul General Rebecca Fong discussed the value of educational exchanges and the Fulbright Program in Greece at an event organized in the framework of International Education Week on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at the Journalists’ Union.  Consul General Fong, along with Fulbright Foundation Advisor Nicholas Tourides and Fulbright Scholarship recipients talked about the experience of ...
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U.S. State Department Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs visits Athens

On October 26-27, U.S. State Department Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs, Kurt Tong, is visiting Athens to meet with Greek officials and private sector business leaders. The priority of his trip is to discuss Eurozone economic issues and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) agreement.  In Athens, he will meet ...
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U.S. Senators Visit Greece, Focus on Impacts of Refugee Crisis

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) led a delegation of U.S. Senators to Athens and Lesvos, Greece October 9-11.  Accompanying Senator Shaheen on the official visit were U.S. Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL), U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). While in Athens, the delegation met with senior government officials, including Minister of ...
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U.S. Ambassador David D. Pearce Visits Intracom in Athens

Ambassador Pearce met with Mr. Sokratis Kokkalis, founder and major shareholder of Intracom and Intralot groups and the top management team, and discussed both groups’ activities around the globe.  They focused on the more than 20 years of U.S.-Greek commercial relations, which includes Intracom’s strategic cooperation with Raytheon, Boeing, IBM and Oracle among others. During his visit, Ambassador Pearce ...
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Ambassador David D. Pearce on SKAI’s Econews!

U.S. Ambassador Pearce, appeared on SKAI TV’s Econews on Saturday October 3, to help increase awareness of the U.S. National Ocean Policy.  The Ambassador addressed the importance of volunteering, which can be a useful tool in implementing social and environmental policies.  In his interview, the Ambassador discusses how the U.S. Embassy in Athens, wanting to ...
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Eliminating Food Waste!

The U.S. Embassy in Athens is proudly sponsoring an three-week internship program for the co-founder Greek NGO Boroume (“We Can”) at New York’s City Harvest NGO. Through this unique program, Boroume co-founder Alexia Moatsou will gain expertise on augmenting Boroume’s food saving /distribution program.  City Harvest is the world’s first food rescue organization, and is dedicated to feeding hungry New ...
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AnimaSyros Animation Festival – Destination Trikala, February 27, 2015

February 27 was the opening day of the AnimaSyros Animation Festival – Destination Trikala, with the participation of both children and “older children” who are fans of cartoons and animation as a cinematographic art.  With the support of the U.S. Mission, this was the first “trip” of AnimaSyros outside of the island, which was concluded ...
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Thessaloniki Meets Design, February 21, 2015

Spotify lead product designer and art director Tobias van Schneider was the key note speaker at the World Information Architecture Day 2015 hosted in Thessaloniki, simultaneously with 38 cities in 24 countries around the world and spoke about architecting happiness by design.  World Information Architecture Day is a one-day annual conference, held across the world, ...
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Principal Officer Kicks-off First LEGO League Competition in Thessaloniki, February 8, 2015

Local education NGO EduACT, in cooperation with the U.S. Consulate General, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the Church of Neapolis and the City of Pylaia organized the first ever “Experts’ Seminar for the FLL World Class Innovation Ambassadors Event” at the prestigious Concert Hall. The educational seminar on innovation was the kick-off event for the ...
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U.S. Consulate Commemorates Staff Member Executed by Nazis during WWII, February 4, 2015

U.S. Consul Robert P. Sanders and U.S. Consulate General guests honored the memory of David Tiano, a Greek U.S. consulate employee of Jewish extraction who was executed by the Nazis in 1942.  Dr. Yiorgos Antoniou, research associate of the International Hellenic University gave a lecture and presented footage of Holocaust survivors recounting their memories of WWII ...
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World Holocaust Remembrance Day 2015

Principal Officer Robert P. Sanders joined local authorities and officials, representatives of the armed forces, the police, Holocaust survivors and descendants of victims for the wreath laying ceremony on the World Holocaust Remembrance Day.  In Larissa, the attendees laid wreaths at the Holocaust Memorial of the Square of Greek Jewish Martyrs and attended the traditional ...
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“The Holocaust in Greece: Genocide and its Aftermath” International Conference in Thessaloniki

Devin E. Naar, Assistant Professor and Marsha & Jay Glazer Chair in Jewish Studies, Coordinator of the Sephardic Studies Initiative was the key-note speaker and lecturer during the first international conference on “The Holocaust in Greece:  Genocide and its Aftermath” organized by the Journal of Genocide Research and the International Hellenic University. Devin offered two ...
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U.S. Congress Members Visit Greece

The U.S. Embassy in Greece welcomed two delegations of members of the U.S. Congress this week, led by Congressman Gus Bilirakis and Congressman Paul Cook respectively. The congressional delegation visits are part of a series of high-level exchanges between the United States and Greece that strengthen the bilateral relationship with a key ally in an ...
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Consulate Commemorates Employee Killed by Nazis

The American Consulate in Thessaloniki held its eighth annual lecture in memory of David Tiano, a Greek employee of Jewish extraction who was executed by the Nazis in 1942 after the U.S. declared war on Germany.  Dr. Maria Kavala, a history professor at Aristotle University who teaches courses on the holocaust and anti-Semitism, presented a ...
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American Animation Professionals Connect with Local Audiences

More than 3,000 animation fans attended the four-day  Animasyros International Animation Festival , held October 2-5 on the island of Syros. American animation professionals Mark Shapiro, Marketing and Brand Manager of the LAIKA Animation Studio, and independent animator Nina Paley participated in the festival with the support of the U.S. Embassy in Athens. The festival opened with the European premier ...
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English Language Specialist Engages Teachers on Tolerance/Diversity and Bullying Theme

During a week-long visit to the north of Greece, English Language Specialist Lydia Stack visited Thessaloniki for seminars with English language teachers on how to promote tolerance, diversity, and anti-bullying techniques in their schools.  Speaking in front of a full house of more than 150 English language teachers in the Thessaloniki History Center on February ...
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Secretary of the U.S. Army Visits Athens

Secretary of the United States Army, John McHugh, met today with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, Alternate Minister of Defense Fofi Gennimata, Chief of the Hellenic Defense Forces Mikhail Kostarakos and other senior Greek officials.  The Secretary of the U.S. Army’s visit to Athens reinforces the high-level coordination and excellent bilateral and military-to-military cooperation between ...
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“Painting Together”

Members of the Embassy community service network, headed by Ambassador Pearce’s wife Leyla, joined residents of the Cerebral Palsy “Open Doors” Center in Athens for a day of painting.  Embassy volunteers joined Center residents to paint large movable canvases, creating pieces based on the themes of diversity and accepting differences.  All painters were excited to ...
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Special Olympics Event 2014

Ambassador Pearce hosted a luncheon on May 9 in honor of the Special Olympics movement and the 2015 Los Angeles Special Olympics World Summer Games.  The event started with a message by President Obama, honorary chairman of the Los Angeles Games, inviting everyone to attend the Special Olympics World Games next summer.  The Special Olympics ...
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Olive Oil Expert Visits Greece

Over 120 people from all facets of the Greek olive industry heard Dan Flynn, Director of the University of California-Davis Olive Center, speak on agri-business innovations in Kalamata on April 4. The Embassy collaborated with the American Farm School, the Captain Vassilis Foundation, and the Mataroa organization to bring Mr. Flynn on a weeklong trip ...
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Embassy’s Annual Warden Meeting

On March 20th Consular Wardens from across Greece participated in our annual warden meeting. Wardens spent the day engaging in discussions on topics such as social security benefits, transmission of U.S. citizenship, visa issues, and stress management in a crisis.  The highlight of the meeting was remarks by Ambassador Pearce on bilateral relations and the invaluable ...
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American Film Showcase

After a full house at the opening of the American Film Showcase in Athens on March 10, with Chris Kenneally’ s Side by Side, young Greek film makers and students joined the workshops led by Film Envoys Chris Kenneally and Andrea Meditch at the Exile Room. The Showcase continues in Naousa on March 13, and ...
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Dancing to Connect

Two hundred high school students, from ten schools in Patras and Athens, who participated in the dance education program Dancing to Connect, gave their final performance at the Onassis Cultural Center on February 23.  The program was a collaboration of the OCC, the U.S. Embassy and battery Dance Company of New York.
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Consul Highlights Global Efforts to Counter Violent Extremism at Model UN Simulation Exercise, February 13, 2015

Consul Sanders addressed a group of 400 high-school students, representing 32 student delegations from ten different countries at the opening of the 10th Anatolia College MUN exercise on February 13, 2014.  Consul Robert Sanders congratulated the students for their commitment and participation and encouraged them to continue and explore their opportunities; build their leadership skills ...
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Principal Officer Attends Holocaust Remembrance Day in Thessaloniki and Larissa

Approximately 80 Fulbright alumni joined Principal Officer Robert Sanders and Fulbright Executive Director Artemis Zenetou on January 24 in a traditional new year’s “pita cutting,” symbolizing happiness and prosperity for the year.  Academics, Fulbright alumni, American schools representatives, artists and others attended the event and exchanged their views on the importance of education and academic ...
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Principal Officer Attends Holocaust Remembrance Day in Thessaloniki and Larissa

Principal Officer Robert Sanders joined local officials, representatives of the armed forces, the police, Holocaust survivors, and descendants of victims for a wreath laying ceremony on World Holocaust Remembrance Day in Thessaloniki.  In Larissa, the attendees laid wreaths at the Holocaust Memorial of the Square of Greek Jews of Larissa and attended a traditional candle ...
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Interaction and Creativity in Kozani Junior High School with English Language Teachers and Students

The Fourth Public Junior High School of Kozani hosted a workshop for 30 high school language instructors along with 30 students, who discussed the use of English in the classroom to understand  complex concepts like changing urban environments.  Three Aristotle University graduate students and their mentor, Dr. Tatiani Rapatzikou, presented concepts on engaging students through ...
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“Solidarity Now” Opens Service Center in Thessaloniki

“Solidarity Now,” a network of organizations and people who work to assist those hurt by recession in Greece, opened its first Solidarity Center in Thessaloniki on January 17.  The Center cooperates with several local NGOs to operate as a host institution that offers assistance in legal matters, labor issues, social solidarity, medical support, psychological support, ...
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Make Innovation Work

Launch of 2nd Make Innovation Work Tuesday, July 23 at 1000H Athens Exchange, Ermis Room President Anastasopoulos, Chairman Lazaridis, businessmen and women, friends, thank you very much for the invitation to be here today. I am delighted to participate in this launch of the 2nd Make Innovation Work Competition, co-organized by the American Hellenic Chamber ...
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Independence Day Speech (07/02/2013)

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 Please join me in a round of applause for Ms. Addi Lupton and Mr. John Payne, who just sang the American and Greek national anthems. Bravo. I also want to thank our terrific  Marine Security Guard Detachment. We are proud of your service to our Mission and to our country. I would also like to thank our many generous contributors who ...
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ACG Commencement 2013: Ambassador’s Remarks (06/29/2013)

American College of Greece Commencement Ceremonies Saturday, June, 29 at 1945H Agia Paraskevi Campus Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to Greece Daniel Bennett Smith President Horner, distinguished guests, faculty and staff, family and friends, and students, I am honored to be here tonight among such an outstanding group of graduates, and it is a great pleasure ...
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