29th EUW International Council Meeting – Athens 3-6.11.2011

From 3rd to 6th November 2011, the 29th International Council Meeting of the European Union of Women (EUW) took place with great success and in a warm and supportive atmosphere for Greece on “Europe: Immigration and Human Rights”.

The meeting was carried out at New Democracy party headquarters and involved 51 delegates from European countries, women in high political positions at national and European level, while the plenary debate was attended by the Secretary of Women’s Affairs of the New Democracy Mrs. Katerina Papakosta and MEP Marietta Giannakou. Great interest has been given to the current political developments in Greece and to the position and attitude of New Democracy party. The delegates expressed their solidarity with Greece and the certainty of its European perspective.

In the elections that took place for the presidencies of the EUW Committees, Greece managed to elect 6 women in corresponding positions of vice-president, more than any other country. In particular, for the first time, Mika Ioannidou Vice President of the Committee on Economic and Employment Affairs, Eva Koulouriotis Vice President of the Committee on the Environment and  Regional Government, Laura Alipranti Vice President of the Committee on Family and Social Affairs and Aphrodite Bleta Vice President of the Commission on Food, Agriculture and Consumer Affairs. Christina Deligianni and Aliki Spandagou were re-elected respectively as Vice President of the International Policy Commission and Vice President in the Committee on Institutions and Constitution.

The meeting was attended by 51 European delegates – MEPs, Ministers and politicians – covering the countries: England, France, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Estonia. It was decided to change the Statute to the next Conference (2013) so that there are no legal loopholes and the European Union gains more influence. In May 2012, it will be decided to redistribute the two accesses of the Union to the United Nations (so far France and Switzerland have had access). The request of the German representative, Vice President of the Foreign Affairs Council of the CSU, is to be given to Germany and Greece. The next meeting of the Board of Directors ςill take place on 21-22 January 2012 in Brussels where, in addition to the Statute change, FYROM’s accession to the Union will be discussed.

The President of the European Women’s Union, Walburga Habsburg Douglas thanked for the excellent organization of the conference, as well as for the very important briefing on the political developments in Greece that were made by the women of New Democracy, resulting in being ambassadors of goodwill in their countries.