Speech of the Greek Minister for Defense Mr. Evangelos Venizelos in the meeting of NATO’s Parliamentary Assembly (Mediterranean and Middle East Special Group)

Wednesday, 02 March 2011


Mr. Chairman, thank you so much for your very warm presentation of my ministerial itinerary. Thank you also for your invitation. President of the Assembly, Mr. Chairman, dear parliamentary colleagues, ladies and gentlemen,

I’m really happy to welcome you here in Athens in my capacities as Minister for Defense and member of the Hellenic Parliament. As you may know, in the Greek parliamentary system a Minister can also be an MP and it is very common that members of the Government are also Members of the Parliament; this helps them to be stronger attached to their parliamentary responsibility and feel accountable to the electorate, under a constant control by the civil society.

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Speech by the Minister of National Defence Mr. Evangelos Venizelos at the Strategy International Conference

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

“Global Challenges: NATO, the UN and the EU in the New Strategic Reference Framework”

Messrs. General Consuls, General, Ambassador and Mr. Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus I am glad to see all of you here. Ladies and Gentlemen, dear friends, it would be unoriginal to say that within such a fluid and insecure world it is very important to look for certain stable points of reference which allow for a basic and safe prognosis and a strategy that is a working hypothesis that must be put to test in the field, rather than a doctrine.

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Minister for Defence Evangelos Venizelos’ speech at the 19th Annual International Symposium of the Greek Association for Atlantic and European Cooperation

Monday, 20 December 2010

Security and Stability in the 21st century

Ambassadors, Mr. General Chief of Staff, Mr. Secretary General of the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ladies and gentlemen.

I would like to warmly thank Mrs. Afentouli and Mr. Georgiou for their opening remarks. I also congratulate Mr. Georgiou for his well-organized, persistent and systematic efforts over the years and I hope that the Association will celebrate its 20-year anniversary in 2011 in a befitting way.

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Key points of Minister of Defence Evangelos Venizelos’ speech at the Supreme Joint War College

Monday, 13 December 2010

 

On the economic crisis:

The economic situation is particularly difficult. The country is in a financial vortex, not alone but along with many other European countries. The crisis is not just European and does not concern the euro zone exclusively. It concerns almost all currency zones.

It is, in reality, a political crisis, one that illustrates the weakness of the EU to function as an integrated political entity supporting –by using the necessary institutions and the necessary political initiatives- the great enterprise that is the Euro. It is a contradiction to have advanced financial institutions, a common currency, to have the ECB and not have a strong EU budget, no institutions to oversee the intra-Community commerce, no institutions for the replacement of developmental deficits -as is the case in other parts of the world with federal systems of government.

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Defence Minister's speech at "Money Show 2010" event

Sunday, 28 November 2010

 

Preconditions to exit the crisis

These last few days, we are experiencing an upsurge of the international financial crisis. In fact, we stand now where we were two years ago on an international level. We are back in 2008 when this was just a banking crisis, when we had not realized at full extent that it would become a fiscal crisis, a crisis of government debt

From banking to fiscal crisis and back

In this last year, the crisis has indeed become fiscal on a global scale. Suddenly, the Irish tiger turned inwards revealing the frightening extent of the crisis in the world’s -and certainly in Europe’s- banking system. Because we're addicted to Greek macroeconomic and fiscal data, because we’re talking too much about the extent of our budget deficit, because we’re struggling hard to register even one tenth of a percent less in the 2010 deficit, as it will officially be announced by our partners from the European Commission and Eurostat, we’ve come to believe that we might be the only ones with such a high deficit in our budget.

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