A delegation from the diaspora sector of Greece’s ruling party, New Democracy, visited New York from December 1-4. The group included Diaspora Secretary Nikolaos Theodoropoulos and two assistant secretaries responsible for Canada-US issues, Orsaki Roussetou and Leonidas Markantonatos.
The purpose of the visit was to contact expatriate voters in view of the national elections which will take place in Greece next year. To this end, a meeting was held in Manhattan with New Democracy members from New York and Boston, but there were also meetings with a broader group of leaders to facilitate a mutual exchange of information and discussions. ideas.
The delegation met with Consul General Konstantinos Konstantinou, officials from the Archdiocese of America, and representatives of Astoria’s expatriate community associations, including George Georgopoulos, president of the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York , and George Almiroudis, former president of the Chian Federation of New York.
In Astoria, they visited the school of Saint-Demetrios where they had a meeting with the administration in the presence of the educational coordinator Irini Grapsia, where they were informed of the problems of the teachers.
During its stay in New York, the delegation also met with representatives of Greek professional associations and attended the annual gala of the Hellenic Initiative (THI).
On December 4, a meeting was held with members of the New Democratic Party in New York, during which Theodoropoulos informed them about the expat vote and the new functions and capabilities of the gov.gr platform that will help Greek-Americans in their transactions with the Greek state. The meeting brought together 30 members and friends of the New Democratic Party.
Before heading to New York, the delegation visited Boston and Chicago and Theodoropoulos will continue his trip with visits to England and Germany.
Back in Athens, Markantonatos spoke to the National Herald about the trip and the goals and initiatives of the New Democracy party. “At the Secretariat of Diaspora Hellenism, we are people who have all lived abroad – personally, I have lived abroad most of my life, including seven years in the United States – and when we talk to Greeks abroad we can understand their problems. During our stay in New York, we spoke with representatives of the expatriate community about the chronic problems faced by Greeks abroad, particularly in New York.
He added that they wanted to let Americans know that “there is another Greece that many in our country are unaware of, and (we know) that expats crave connections with their homeland…we want Greeks to be there.” ‘stranger. is part of the political dialogue in Greece and we see that many people want and need to be used.”
Markantonatos pointed out that “in the current government there are people who returned from abroad because they believed in the vision of Kyriakos Mitsotakis, knowing that Greece had enormous potential. We are already breaking one record after another in terms of investment, tourism and economic indicators, and many Greeks abroad tell us that after a decade of crisis, they finally feel proud to be Greek .”
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