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Delphi Economic Forum kicks off in Athens on Monday

Featured Delphi Economic Forum kicks off in Athens on Monday

President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou will inaugurate the 6th Delphi Economic Forum that kicks off in Athens at 11:00 on Monday, with an introductory speech that will be followed by the addresses of the presidents of Estonia and Slovakia, Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos, European Commission Vice President for Promoting Our European Way of Life Margaritis Schinas and the president of the 'Greece 2021' Committee Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki. The forum will run until Saturday, May 15.

More than 1,000 guest speakers from 42 countries will take part in the discussions held at the forum, which are divided into 10 broad themes, either attending physically at specially equipped studios at Zappion Megaron or online. 

The programme on Monday includes the joint participation of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez at 16:30, in a discussion with Politico journalist Florian Eder. Talks on Monday will be on shipping, the blue economy, health, history, culture, the pandemic, the bicentennial since the Greek Revolution of 1821, European Neighbourhood Policy, transatlantic relations and the European economy.

Other heads of state and government scheduled to speak during the six-day forum include Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa, Montenegrin Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapić, North Macedonia's Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and the Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Milorad Dodik. Also due to speak are former Greek premier Alexis Tsipras, former Greek president Prokopios Pavlopoulos and former UK prime minister Tony Blair.

The European Commission will additionally be represented by Executive Vice President of the European Commission for A Europe Fit for the Digital Age Margrethe Vestager, Cabinet of Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans - European Green Deal, and Commissioner for Climate Action Policy, Commissioner for Economy Paolo Gentiloni, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson, Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson, Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture and Education and Youth Mariya Gabriel.

Other speakers include Marija Pejčinović Burić, the secretary general of the Council of Europe, former European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, former European Council president current European People's Party (EPP) President Donald Tusk and EU Commission envoy for freedom of religion and belief outside the EU, Christos Stylianides, European Stability Mechanism director Klaus Regling, the U.S. President's special envoy for climate change John Kerry and other senior officials.

The 10 main themes during the forum are the bicentennial since the Greek Revolution 1821-2021, Geopolitics and International Security, Global Economy, the Future of Europe, Sustainability and Climate Change, People, Organisations and Society, Technology and the Future of Growth, Greece: Structural Reforms and Sustainable Development, Health, Education.

The full programme can be viewed on the DEF website www.delphiforum.gr and the events can be viewed online without charge by registering at delphiforum.gr/register.