Greece Celebrates 60th Year of NATO Membership - 15-16 February 2012
Greece's 60th Anniversary celebration in NATO was a great success.
On 15-16 February 2012, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visited Greece for its celebration of the 60th anniversary of Greek membership in NATO.
The visit had exquisite media coverage including coverage by the biggest daily paper TA NEA (The News) with a readership of 100,000 people, which published a one page interview with the Secretary-General.
MEGA Channel, the TV station with the biggest audience in Greece, broadcasted an interview the eve prior to the visit (Wednesday 15 February) in prime time during the evening news broadcast. According to the data provided by the Channel, the broadcast had an audience of 30.4%, equaling over a million viewers.
The media reports focused, as expected, on the bilateral issues with Turkey and Skopje. Indicatively, the title chosen for the Secretary-General´s interview was "First solution, then invitation" (for FYROM).
On Turkey, the comments of the President of the Hellenic Republic Mr. Karolos Papoulias and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Stavros Dimas that the country is not behaving as an ally, caught the attention of the media.
The Secretary-General´s views on Smart Defence as well as Greece's contribution to the OUP operation were widely reported in the articles.
The Secretary-General and the Minister of Foreign Affairs were both keynote speakers at the conference, NATO Public Diplomacy Division co-sponsored "Greece and NATO: Present and Future Prospects" organised by the Hellenic Foundation of Foreign & European Policy.
The conference, held at the Athens Concert Hall, attracted a diverse audience of 400 people (including students, experts, diplomatic community and military personnel).
G.A.A.E.C.’s President, Mr. Theodossis Georgiou, also delivered a speech just before the Secretary-General, referring to the importance of the Atlantic Associations and the public support provided by them to NATO.