Our Foundation operates in Greece since 2012. This is the second period of our work in the country, following the "long" 1980s. Our work began with the sovereign debt crisis, supporting liberal agencies to promote certain reforms that would liberate the economy. It continues on 3 thematic pillars: (a) empowerment of civil society; (b) encouragement and advancement of entrepreneurship; and, (c) support to liberal political projects, especially at the local-municipal level of administration. Additionally, since 2013 we run the Liberal Political Academy, an inclusive program for political education for independent individuals.
2nd Balkan Forum between Greece-North Macedonia | 26-29 August
The 2nd Youth Balkan Forum between Greece and North Macedonia is coming up this week, 26-29 August, in Halkidiki. It is organized by the Prespes Agreement Observatory, a research unit founded by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, and the European Policy Institute-Skopje.
That’s the spirit of Liberalism, that’s the spirit we need!
The authentic Liberal Academy was present also in 2021. Following the hygienic measures against COVID-19, the Young Liberals Greece and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, joined forces again meeting with talented members of the new generation from 20 to 25 July, in Halkidiki.
2. Kozani- The Liberal Roadtrip
During the Liberal Roadtrip, the team travelled to Kozani. The city impressed us positively with the hospitality, the infrastructures and the meaningful discussions that we had with the local administration and local community, in general. Despite our short stay, the city was fascinating, because it could combine entertainment and knowledge gaining at the same time.
1. Ioannina- The Liberal Roadtrip
The Liberal Roadtrip began from the west side of the country, having as a starting point the city of Ioannina. The historical beauty of the town and the element of distinctiveness and diversity is quite obvious in the city over the centuries. In fact, this characteristic helped us to choose the topic for our open evening discussion, which was “Distinctiveness, Diversity and the Fight against Discrimination."
Prespa Forum Dialogue
The "Prespes Agreement Observatory" will be present at the Prespa Forum Dialogue, to contribute from the civil society perspective to cooperation, understanding and trust building in Western Balkans.
Mayors and the "Restart"
The long-lasting lockdown was a challenging period for Greece. However, the liberal youth was looking for the right opportunity to do a “Restart”, in order to connect again with the society. Our Foundation, in cooperation with Young Liberals Greece, made this happen through a Liberal Road-trip in Northern Greece.
Freedom of the Press in Greece
On April 20, the annual World Press Freedom Index for 2021 was published by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). It is the established annual survey that assesses the freedom enjoyed by journalists in 180 countries, and which includes scores and benchmarks according to a number of criteria. In recent years, as the influence of many governments on the media has affected the quality of information, this research has become particularly important.