Wednesday , 1 February 2023


Renewal of a Cooperation Agreement for the promotion of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games

The Embassy of France in Greece, the French Institute of Greece, the Hellenic Olympic Committee (NOC), and the National Olympic Academy (ETHNOA) will sign, on November 3, 2022, the renewal of the Cooperation Agreement for the promotion of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the promotion of the Greek Olympic cultural heritage and the promotion of the French language.

The signing of this new Cooperation Agreement will provide the opportunity to refer to the continuation of the project "The 2004 generation in Greece on the way to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games".

We remind you that this program, co-organized by the Embassy of France in Greece / French Institute of Greece, the Hellenic Olympic Committee and the National Olympic Academy, was established with the signing of the previous Cooperation Agreement, which took place in December 2018 and aims to promote the values of Olympism, the spirit of mutual help, tolerance of integration and Francophonie.

The partnership between the above bodies also aims to encourage the specialized dialogue between Greek and French experts in Olympism and the development of European volunteerism, in accordance with the Olympic spirit bequeathed by Dimitrios Vikelas and Pierre de Coubertin.

The areas of cooperation defined by the renewed Cooperation Agreement are as follows:

 Exchange of expertise for the implementation of joint projects, actions and events aimed at jointly promoting the Olympic Movement, its values and the Francophonie.

 Mobilization of specific actors (associations, private entities) of each Party for the benefit of the actions implemented jointly.

 Support for the projects of each of the Parties, in relation to Olympism, with the promotion of Olympic and Paralympic sport, the Olympic spirit and the Francophonie:
– By providing high institutional support, to projects carried out jointly or by one of the two parties.
– With the free availability of spaces (amphitheater / classes, etc.).

 Participation in bilateral or international projects proposed by French or Greek institutions, in favor of promoting Olympism and Francophonie among students in France and Greece and allowing to enhance exchanges between schools.

Indicatively, we mention as examples the following actions for the implementation of the Memorandum of Cooperation

• Organization of the Olympic and Paralympic Week
• In the framework of the Program "The generation of 2004 in Greece on the way to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games", invitation of two French and Greek athletes (one man and one woman) from the 2004 Olympic Games and qualified French and Greek athletes to participate in the 2024 Olympic Games.
• World Relay on April 6, 2023 and March 14, 2024 (one-hour race from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. local time, relay race that will take place via social networks).
• Έκθεση 'Playgrounds'
• Translation of the Hellenic Olympic Academy's publication addressed to young audiences entitled "Five Circles, One World - Olympic Games and Values", in French and in digital form.

Present at the Event for the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding will be:

For the Greek side:

– Mr. Spyros Capralos, President of the Hellenic Olympic Committee
– Mr. George Alikakos, President of the National Olympic Academy

On the French side:
– Mr. Patrick Maisonnave, Ambassador of France to Greece
– Mr. Nicolas Eybalin, Director of the French Institute of Greece, Advisor for Cooperation and Cultural Action of the Embassy of France in Greece
– Ms Véronique Bruez, French Language Attaché for Cooperation and Head of Sport at the Embassy of France in Greece.

Greek Olympic Athletes who participate and support the Program "The 2004 generation in Greece on the way to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games" will also take part.

After the event, journalists will have the opportunity for face-to-face interviews in the Foyer area of the amphitheater.

Πηγή – ΕΟΕ

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