21 November, 2006
Greece’s new role as an energy hub coupled with its worldwide shipping fleet; commitment to infrastructure investment and structural reforms associated with brisk growth that significantly outpaces European Union and euro-zone growth rates; and, thirdly, substantial Greek investments outside the country that solidify her position as a regional financial and business center have redefined the status of Greece as a global partner, Secretary General of Information Panos Leivadas stressed in remarks today at a University of Florida event honoring Professor Keith R. Legg for his contributions to the study of Greece.
Following the very successfully hosted Olympic Games in Athens in 2004 and exercising her regional role in a spirit of peace and cooperation, Greece has become a central gateway to a region that extends from southeastern Europe and the Balkans to the Caucasus and the Black Sea, playing a leading role in a market of over a hundred and fifty million people.
Linking Greece to creativity and discipline, teamwork and security, progress and high-quality services, these recent developments have enriched traditional perceptions of the country and have made Greece a paradigm for her neighbors and an invaluable partner for allies and friends.
Secretary General of Information Leivadas paid tribute to Professor Emeritus of Political Science Keith R. Legg as a distinguished teacher and intellectual and to achievements by the University of Florida that include innovative work in political science and initiatives involving a commitment to classics as well as contemporary Greece for more than twenty five years.
In addition to the Political Science Department and the Center for Greek Studies at the University of Florida, the Modern Greek Studies Association (MGSA) and the Press & Communication Office of the Embassy of Greece were co-sponsors of the event in honor of Prof. Legg. MGSA is an American-based nonprofit organization that brings together scholars and others engaged in stimulating the discovery and diffusion of knowledge about the language, arts, history, politics, economy, and society of modern Greece.
Source: Press Office of the Embassy of Greece