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HELMEPA's 25th Anniversary Event - 2007 Jun 11
With the grandeur that befits an organization that has to present social and educational work for 25 continuous years, the Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association HELMEPA celebrated, Wednesday 6th June, at the Athens Concert Hall its 25th Anniversary since the founding of the Association by the late George P. L The event was honored by the presence of representatives of the Greek State, the European Commission, the Diplomatic Corps, the Greek and international maritime community, as well as Chairmen and high-level officials of the sister Associations AUSMEPA in Australia, CYMEPA in Cyprus, TURMEPA in Turkey and URUMEPA in Uruguay.
The event's participants were welcomed by the Chairman of the Board Nicky Pappadakis. Then, the Director General of HELMEPA Dimitris Mitsatsos presented a brief overview of the Association's achievements during its 25 year course. HELMEPA's work was hailed by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Merchant Marine Ioannis Tzoannos representing the Greek Government, the Chairman of the Parliament's Environmental Committee Thanassis Katsigiannis, who conveyed the salute of the Parliament's Chairperson Mrs. Bennaki, Giannis Sarantinos on behalf of the Minister of External Affairs Mrs. Dora Bakogianni and the former Minister of Merchant Marine Christos Papoutsis, responsible for Shipping matters in the Shadow Cabinet of PASOK.
The event's program was presented by the well-known journalist Mrs. Irini Nikolopoulou. Following, commemorative placards were presented to the Panhellenic Seamen's Federation and the Union of Greek Shipowners, Founders of HELMEPA, by Captain Vassilis Constantakopoulos, Honorary Chairman of the Association, and Nicky Pappadakis respectively. CYMEPA and chairman of the Association Mr. George A. Tsavliris saluted HELMEPA as well. The warm applauds of the packed-full "D. Mitropoulos" auditorium went out to the "Lykio ton Ellinidon" of Kalamata, who performed Greek dances in their traditional costumes, as well as the "Kodály" children's chorus. The closing of the event was marked by the children-members of HELMEPA Junior, who charged on to the stage dressed-up in the colours of Greece and shouted their request to all participants to Save the Seas before it's too late!