Welcome note from Hon. Aykut Eken
Dear Honourable Members of the Thessaloniki Consular Corps,
Dear Honourable Members of the Consular Corps in Greece,
Dear Honourable Colleagues and Friends,
It is with great pleasure and honour that I announce and extend my sincere congratulations to the Thessaloniki Consular Corps, for taking on the organisation of the 2nd FICAC South-East European Regional Conference in Thessaloniki.
The Consular Corps in Greece, with all the Consuls in Greece as its members, was one of the founding members of FICAC, back in 1982, it had organized a very successful World Congress in Athens and has always been an active member of FICAC throughout the years.
The Thessaloniki Consular Corpsis a brand new member of FICAC and is already showing great interest and initiative by being a very active member!
FICAC is an internationally recognized Non-Profit Organization, founded in 1982 in Copenhagen, Denmark, which brings together honorary consuls through the world to share experiences and coordinate efforts to enhance and to strengthen their legitimacy rights and effectiveness, while at the same time increasing their responsibilities and their security to universal standards. Greece was one of the 7 founding countries, together with Finland, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.
FICAC is recognized as a NGO, with ECOSOC status, by United Nations. FICAC fully support one of the United Nations’ highest priority, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. FICAC is also recognized as a NGO by the European Union and by the Organization of the American States.
Our main objective, as honorary consuls, is “Bridging the World”. To achieve this goal, we need to share with one another our best qualities, like cooperation, goodwill, friendship, happiness, patience, tolerance, as together we can achieve success. All of us, we must be very sensible for environment, health, peace, serenity and love. FICAC performs a key role to create this bridge by fostering mutual understanding, in organizing meetings and events to allow Consuls from all around the world to meet and to exchange ideas with their colleagues.
Once again I am very grateful to the Thessaloniki Consular Corps and all its Honourable Members for their great involvement in organizing this 2nd FICAC South-East European Regional Conference. I am deeply convinced this 2nd FICAC South-East European Regional Conference will be very successful and will provide a very fruitful national and international exposure to all Honourable members and Colleagues in Diplomacy. This will be a fantastic opportunity to highlight the history of the area’s economic and prospects, as well as the Transportation and Energy network’s in the area.
Allow me to extend my best wishes to all the Honourable Members of the Consular Corps in Greece and to the Thessaloniki Consular Corps.
Hon. Aykut Eken, President
of the Consul General of Serbia and Dean of the Thessaloniki Consular Corps, Mr. Sinisa Pavic
Dear friends and colleagues,
The city of Thessaloniki, as the passage point of the Balkan Peninsula to the Mediterranean, for centuries was representing members of different parts of Europe to gather in this point, which made it traditionally cosmopolitan. Likewise, with the strategic position of the city, approach a certain point of various infrastructure projects and it becoming a hub of transport, energy, tourism… Using these characteristics to analyze past, the city has suffered warfare and manage to get around by war conflicts in this part of the world.
Today, as a part of it, we have the privilege of living and working in this beautiful city and we are proud of it, we are really enjoying the atmosphere of friendship, cooperation, and communication that surrounds us… We would like to feel at least as a part of this city and his offerings, and share it during your stay. After you return to your home, save the best impressions and share it with those you love the most.
Best regards, Sinisa Pavic Consul General of Serbia and Dean of the Thessaloniki Consular Corps.
of the Vice-Governor of Central Macedonia, Greece Mr. Fanis Papas
It is a great honor for our city, Thessaloniki to host the 2nd Conference of the World Consulate Federation for the Southeast European region. This is an extroversion action that the Central Macedonia Region embraces and supports in every way, not only for the benefits it has in Thessaloniki and the wider region but also for the value of the works of the conference itself, which will take place in late next June.
The choice of the theme of the conference “Economic Diplomacy and Energy Roadways in Southeastern Europe” is the most up-to-date issue for modern Greece which attempts to emerge from the protracted economic crisis. However, Greece becomes an energy hub for Southeastern Europe through the pipeline TAP gas and other initiatives where Thessaloniki is the central pole. It is also an extremely important conference for Greece, as diplomacy is a crucial weapon in our country’s battle against a variety of challenges that have been unfortunately lately multiplied. Thus, our diplomatic authorities have an even more crucial role, being the precursors of our national interests with respect for international law and the rights of each country.
It is our honor that FICAC’s first choice organizing the conference in Greece was Thessaloniki. Besides, it is just the second conference of the Federation for the region of Southeastern Europe and we consider the event to be extremely important for the promotion of Thessaloniki and the whole of Central Macedonia for this reason the Region of Central Macedonia supports the conference and has put it under its auspices.
I wish every success in the conference and I hope that the participants will have the opportunity to experience Thessaloniki and Central Macedonia, to taste the gastronomic richness of our region and to make acquaintance with our culture and tourism in order all of them become ambassadors of Central Macedonia and Thessaloniki all over the world.