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INTERVIEW WITH H.E.

INTERVIEW WITH H.E. ELEFTHERIA GALATHIANAKI AMBASSADOR OF THE REPUBLIC OF GREECE 2018 is the European Year of Cultural Heritage which invites us to celebrate our cultural diversity and, at the same time, to encourage our peoples to discover and engage with Europe’s cultural heritage, in order to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space. As ambassador of Greece, what are the main focus points for you today in Brussels? Bilateral agreements, Economic diplomacy, cultural diplomacy, education. Depending on the focus points, could you highlight these with specific cases. I strongly believe that the Greek culture, no matter where it comes from, belongs to all humanity. It enriches us in a unique way, thanks to its anthropocentric approach, which was absolutely novelty back then, but also vital and highly I would say that, given the fact that our principle aim is the strengthening of bilateral cooperation in various fields, a combination of political, economic and cultural diplomacy is what we are looking for. It is a known fact that Greece is quickly recovering after many years of fiscal difficulties and is back on the growth track. In this context, the Greek Embassy is focusing on establishing mutually beneficial relations with the Belgian business sector, hoping both to attract Belgian investments in Greece and to promote Greek investments in Belgium. As far as cultural diplomacy is concerned, our Embassy seeks to promote the Greek language and Greek culture in Belgium through various initiatives and by supporting a number of cultural events. 32 Without any doubt Greece and its cultural heritage are the fundaments of Western civilisation and relate to all cultural developments that have defined our cultural history until today. How do you look back to this phenomenon, and how would you contextualize the history and heritage as a bridge to our contemporary life and culture in the context of a European and even global culture? H.E. Eleftheria Galathianaki © Diplomatic World

H.E. Eleftheria Galathianaki © Diplomatic World important for our consumption-oriented society, today. Its pan-anthropic values can correspond to the spiritual needs of all of us. This is why classical Greek literary production has been followed, studied and translated not only by modern Greek scholars, but also by brilliant minds all over the world. I also believe that Greek culture, because of its universality, is a quintessential tool for approaching peoples. It is the connective tissue in the quest for common origins and historical ties with other countries. Modern Greece attributes a great importance to the dialogue of cultures and cultural diplomacy. In 2017, on the initiative of Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs M. Nikos Kotzias, The Ancient Civilizations Forum took place in Athens with the participation of Bolivia, China, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Peru and our country. Its aim is to serve as a platform for dialogue and cultural cooperation among the participating States. The diversity in Europe today, defined by a continuous diaspora for millennia, is dying to find a common cultural ground for the European Union. With everything mentioned above, could you create and propose a cultural framework that nurtures this longing for connection in between Europe? 2018 is the European Year of Cultural Heritage and we are all invited to celebrate our cultural diversity and, at the same time, to encourage our peoples to discover and engage with Europe’s cultural heritage, in order to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space. It is an ideal opportunity for all of us to strengthen the dialogue with the cultural heritage stakeholders, to identify and implement coordinated policies and actions for the sustainable management and development of cultural heritage and to raise public awareness on the potential of cultural heritage. 33