02 December, 2004
Athens 2004 Olympic Games Organizing Committee (ATHOC) President Gianna Angelopoulos Daskalaki has been proclaimed "European Personality of the Year" for 2004 in the "Achiever of the Year" category in a relevant vote organized by the newspaper European Voice, published in Brussels and belonging to the Economist Group.
Apart from Daskalaki, other candidates in the same category were Greek national soccer team coach Otto Rehhagel, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Eurodeputy Paul Van Buitenen and the head of the European Defense Organization Nick Witney.
The ceremony was held on November 30 at the Palais d'Egmont, in Brussels, in the presence of many representatives of the European Parliament, the Belgian government, the municipal authorities of Brussels and of the business and journalistic sectors.
The honorary distinction was received from former European Parliament president Pat Cox by Marton Simitsek, the head of ATHOC's Games Operation Department, who represented Daskalaki who was unable to attend due to other commitments she had.
Source: Athens News Agency