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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-04-08

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

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  • [01] President Pavlopoulos thanks visiting EU ministers on solidarity towards refugee issue
  • [02] Ai Weiwei to host first exhibition in Athens to highlight plight of refugees

  • [01] President Pavlopoulos thanks visiting EU ministers on solidarity towards refugee issue

    The visit of EU ministers to Athens is proof of solidarity with Greece which should exist in addressing the refugee issue, Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos said on Friday, as he welcomed six EU ministers at the Presidential mansion with Alternate Minister for European Affairs Nikos Xydakis.

    The European Union delegation included Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Kenders, French secretary of state for European affairs, Harlem Désir, Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak, Italy's Secretary of State for European Affairs, Sandro Gozi, Portuguese Secretary of State for European Affairs Margarida Marques and Maltese Parliamentary Secretary for EU Funds Ian Borg.

    Speaking with the ministers, Pavlopoulos said times are crucial for both Greece and for Europe adding that the country will implement the EU-Turkey deal to its fullest, and will do it based on the principles and values of the European Union and with humanism.

    He also urged the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to fully comply with its responsibilities on the issue. "Regardless of the UNHCR's institutional commitment deriving from the EU-Turkey deal, it is certain that the same rules of the organization on the refugees impose specific obligations which must be implemented," he said.

    Earlier the six ministers met with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras with whom they discussed the management of the refugee crisis.

    [02] Ai Weiwei to host first exhibition in Athens to highlight plight of refugees

    Prominent Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei will hold his first solo exhibition in Athens which will include works created in his studio in Lesvos, at the Museum of Cycladic Art, from May 20 to October 30 this year.

    Ai set up a studio on the island of Lesvos earlier this year to create art dedicated to the plight of the refugees and migrants who make the perilous journey to Europe. In February, he showcased his first project affected by the refugee crisis in Berlin, when he covered the entrance of the city's concert hall, with the orange life jackets used by refugees.

    According to the museum, this is the first time his work will be exhibited in an archaeological museum. "

    The artist's show, titled Ai Weiwei at Cycladic", will feature previous work exhibited abroad, such as Grapes (2011), Divina Proportione (2012), Mask (2011) and Cao (2014), as well as new works, inspired by the refugee crisis and a new marble sculpture inspired by the archeological collection in the museum.

    The museum also announced that 10 pct of the proceeds from tickets, sales and sponsorships will go directly to carefully selected NGOs which are active in tackling the refugee crisis in Greece.


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