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eu2003.gr: a note from the editorial team

The web site of the Greek Presidency was – for Greece – a first. A difficult and complex task in all respects, having as its only points of reference the web sites of the past presidencies of other countries.

The main objective was to provide timely information on institutional matters. However, the Greek Presidency chose not to create a strictly institutional web site, containing solely official texts, statements, council conclusions, etc., and instead added a news reporting and at the same time pluralistic dimension.

In order to offer visitors an additional option for more rapid and spherical information, it decided to accompany some of the official texts with an introduction highlighting the main points of the text or in the form of a summary.

Lastly, introducing a number of initiatives of a highly innovative nature, it provided a forum for intellectuals and artists, encouraged the exchange of views and helped the voice of European citizens to be heard.

In particular, on the news reporting level, eu2003.gr:

  • Provided a wealth of news and, very often, photographic coverage of all the events associated with the European Union which took place during the Greek Presidency.
  • Transmitted live all the press conferences at the end of the regular and extraordinary European Council meetings, as well as the ceremony for the signing of the Treat of Accession of the new Member-States.
  • Hosted exclusive interviews with some of the Foreign Ministers of the "25" and of the candidates countries.

On the communication level, eu2003.gr:

  • Established an international public dialogue on issues relating to the future of the European Union or other major current affairs, which was concluded with an article by the President of the European Commission, Romano Prodi.
  • Published – in the form of articles – the views and proposals of eminent figures on the European economic and academic scene.
  • Gave European citizens, through an e-democracy initiative – the e-vote – the opportunity to vote for the kind of Europe they want, while the citizens’ Forum allowed them to express their views freely on issues of current interest, as well as on various aspects of European policy.

On a cultural level, eu2003.gr:


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