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EU, Greece, Cyprus Celebrate Europe Day in Alexandria

Wed 15 May 2024 | 09:03 AM
By Ahmad El-Assasy

On May 14th, Alexandria witnessed a significant celebration for Europe Day, hosted at the Greek Complex.

 The event was graced by the presence of Christian Berger, the European Union Ambassador to Egypt, accompanied by François Cornet d'Elzius, the Belgian Ambassador representing the current EU presidency, Nikolaos Papageorgiou, the Greek Ambassador to Cairo and Polly Ioannou, Ambassador of Cyprus to Egypt.

The event drew a notable gathering, including consuls from various EU countries based in Alexandria, Jacqueline Azer, the Deputy Governor of Alexandria, alongside local leaders, media personalities, business figures, and prominent members of the Greek and European communities in the region.

Ambassador Berger expressed his delight in participating in the celebrations held in the historical city of Alexandria, a city that holds a unique place in the cultural ties across the Mediterranean. He highlighted the European Union's commitment to strengthening cooperation across various sectors, including politics, economy, trade, investment, water management, scientific and technological cooperation, and education and training programs. This commitment aligns with the strategic partnership priorities established between the EU and Egypt in March.

Berger also reflected on the global changes over the past year, emphasizing the pivotal role of collaboration with EU partners, with Egypt at the forefront.

François Cornet d'Elzius emphasized the cultural and historical diversity of Alexandria and its significance over the centuries. He noted the marked presence of European communities in Alexandria during the 19th century and underscored the importance of enhancing Mediterranean relationships for global civilization and peace, stating, "We are committed to strengthening these ties once again."

Nikolaos Papageorgiou commemorated 20 years of continuous development and collaboration within the European Union, despite numerous challenges. He praised the significant role of the Greek community in Alexandria in bolstering the cultural and diplomatic ties between the EU countries and Egypt.

This gathering in Alexandria not only celebrated Europe Day but also reinforced the strong intercultural and diplomatic connections that define the Mediterranean's legacy.