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Greece officially assumed the Presidency of the Council of the European Union
Greece officially assumed the Presidency of the Council of the European Union started on Wednesday 8 January 2014 and will hold it until the end of the first semester of 2014.
The Prime Minister Mr Antonis Samaras received the President of the Commission Mr Jose Manuel Barroso and the Commissioners in Athens where they attended a working lunch.
The lunch was followed by a meeting between the commissioners and members of the Hellenic Government under the co-presidency of Mr Samaras and Mr Baroso after which the attendees had the opportunity to meet with their respective counterparts on a thematic basis.
The official ceremony marking the beginning of the Greek Presidency took place at the Athens Concert Hall under the auspices of the President of the Hellenic Republic H.E Mr Carolos Papoulias and with the presence of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew and the Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronimos II. Addresses by Mr Baroso and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Evangelos Venizelos were followed by a speech given by Mr Samaras. The ceremony ended with a cultural event.