London.- The issue of voting, partial financial self-reliance, support towards Greek education, enhancing representation of SAE, empowering its role as a consultative, advisory, assertive and supportive body, a more active youth, are the main priorities which are set by the President of the World Council of Hellenes Abroad, Stefanos Tamvakis in an all-inclusive interview he gave to the newspaper “ELEFTHERIA” of London, which is bound to become reference for positive feedback and reproduction through other media of the Hellenic Diaspora.
The President of SAE, for a better functioning and representation, believes, as he stresses in his interview, that “SAE must turn to the non-organised part of the Hellenic Diaspora, meaning the friends of SAE, scientists, entrepreneurs” adding that these are the people who have the potential to provide support and can be supported.
“In order to be able to function better during the forthcoming months, we will present the Government and the Parliament our proposals for the amendment of Law 3480/2006, focusing on the potential of SAE to implement programmes and action plans, provisions that are not made by the existing law. Among other things, we will propose once more, the change of the name of the Council of Hellenes Abroad to Council of Hellenes Worldwide, so that it will include all Hellenes around the world”.
“Something that all of us have realized” stresses Mr. Tamvakis “and mainly through the Coordinators, is that in each region there are specific organizational problems and shortcomings which must be rectified from the Region itself”
“We are aiming towards a greater number of representatives in the Regional Meetings, so that the basis can be more rationally represented” emphasized the President of SAE.
“During the following years, we wish to set the basis for the development of SAE and emergence of the Hellenic Diaspora, in a visionary manner, on a basis that will provide the dynamics of a decade”.
MARCH 25th MESSAGE
“We are in a time for ‘we’, not for ‘I’. So from now onwards let us learn prudence, if we wish to create a land and live all together.”
General Makriyannis’ words, one of the purest and greater fighters of 1821, a man who did not tolerate injustice, ring as true today as ever.
Today, 189 years after the start of the heroic struggle for our national liberation, we feel proud for all those Greeks who had faith in the impossible and managed to succeed. They became a symbol of dignity, not only for our Nation, but also for those nations, claiming their national independence.
We bow devotedly to the heroes of our National Regeneration, wrote the most glorious pages of the history of our land, with great courage and splendor. Along with those heroes, we honor the countless Philhellenes who stood alongside the Greeks. Let us not forget that the glorious struggle of 1821, led to the establishment of an independent Greek state along with the substantial contribution of the Hellenic Diaspora.
This celebration of our glorious national anniversary must not be limited to refreshing our historical memories. We are called to draw lessons for the present and the future of our Birthplace and united respond to the modern challenges of the European and world-wide circumstances. And we will do so consciously, along with Philhellenes world-wide, knowing that we owe this to the forthcoming generations.