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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-05-19

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Nationwide university entrance exams begin
  • [02] Rogge, Voulgarakis at Olympic Truce forum

  • [01] Nationwide university entrance exams begin

    The nationwide university entrance exams, or 'Panellinies', began in Greece on Saturday morning when highschool students sat their first paper in modern Greek. According to the education ministry, everything went smoothly and all the exam papers arrived at examination centres on time.

    Deputy Education Minister Spiros Taliadouros visited a lyceum in Paleo Psychiko and wished the students good luck in their exams, while Education Minister Marietta Yiannakou sent a message wishing all the students good luck from London.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo showing students waiting for examinations to begin in May 2006.

    [02] Rogge, Voulgarakis at Olympic Truce forum

    Addressing an international forum on the Olympic Truce alongside International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge on Saturday, Greek Culture Minister George Voulgarakis underlined the role of the Olympic Truce to the idea of the Olympic Games.

    As he opened proceedings at the forum taking place at the International Olympic Academy facilities at ancient Olympia, Voulgarakis said that the forum helped to revive the overall idea of the Olympic Games and bring the truce back to the forefront.

    According to the minister, the importance of the effort for an Olympic Truce was that it combined the strength of the Olympic Movement with the desire of younger generations to work together for peace.

    The forum was also addressed by Tourism Development Minister and vice-president of the International Olympic Truce Foundation Fani Palli-Petralia, who underlined that the Olympic Truce was an institution that had achieved many things in the 15 years since it was revived.

    "It is indicative that during the Olympic Games in Athens, enemy armies and groups of conflict throughout the world show through their stance - and some through their statements - that they respected the idea of the Olympic Truce but also Greece itself," Petralia said.

    The Beijing Olympics would be another opportunity to reinforce the ideal of the Olympic Truce, she added.

    Caption: International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge, also President of the International Olympic Truce Foundation, speaking at the "International Forum of Sport for Peace and the Olympic Truce" on Saturday, May 19. The forum will take place on May 17-21 at the facilities of the International Olympic Academy facilities in ancient Olympia. (ANA-MPA/Nikitas Kotsiaris.


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