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The program of EU meetings in Athens today and tomorrow

INFORMAL EUROPEAN COUNCIL 08.30 – 09.20 The heads of state/government and ministers for foreign affairs of the member states and the acceding countries are received by the president of the European Council and the Greek minister for foreign affairs at the entrance of the Zappeion Hall. 09.20 – 09.25 The president of the Convention and the president of the European Parliament arrive at the Zappeion Hall and are received by the president of the European Council. 09.30 – 10.00 Meeting of the European Council with the president of the European Parliament. 10.00 – 12.00 Meeting of the European Council on the Convention. 12.00 – 12.30 Presidency press conference (Zappeion Press Center, Aigli Cinema). 12.00 – 12.50 Press conferences of the participating countries (Zappeion Press Center, Karaiskaki Square). 13.00 – 14.20 Lunch for the heads of state/government and ministers for foreign affairs. 12.00 – 15.00 Parallel lunch (buffet) for the delegations (Aigli – Rooms Olympia 1 and 2 ). CEREMONY OF THE SIGNATURE OF THE TREATY OF ACCESSION 13.15 Departure of delegations (only those invited to the ceremony) from the Zappeion Hall. 13.30 – 14.20 Arrival of delegations at the venue of the ceremony of the Signature of the Treaty of Accession (Stoa of Attalos, Ancient Agora). 14.20 Departure of the president of the European Council for the Stoa of Attalos. 14.30 – 15.15 Heads of state/government and ministers for foreign affairs arrive at the Stoa of Attalos in protocol order and are received by the president of the European Council and the Greek minister for foreign affairs. 15.15 Beginning of the ceremony of the Signature of the Treaty of Accession. 15.15 – 17.30 Speeches (3 minutes) and signature according to the following procedure: – Speech by the president of the European Council. Both plenipotentiaries for Greece sign the Treaty of Accession and its Final Act. – Speeches by the heads of state/government of the member states and of the acceding countries (in alphabetical order). – At the end of each speech, the two signatory plenipotentiaries proceed to the signature table and sign the two parts of the single multilingual act (Treaty & Final Act). – Speech by the president of the European Parliament. – Speech by the president of the European Commission. 17.30 – 17.45 Family photo. 17.50 Departure of the prime minister, the president of the Commission and of the heads of state/government of the 10 acceding states for a joint press conference. 18.00 Departure of the heads of state/government of the member states for the press briefings. 18.00 – 19.00 Presidency Press Conference with the participation of the heads of state/government of the 10 acceding states. (Zappeion Press Center, Aigli Cinema). 18.15 – 19.15 Press briefings by the heads of state/government of the member states (Zappeion Press Center, Karaiskaki Square). 18.50 – 19.20 Departure for the hotels at the end of the press briefings. (Note: Arrivals of European Conference members during the whole evening of April 16.) 20.15 Arrival of delegations at the venue of the official dinner (Astir Palace – Vouliagmeni), which will be hosted by the President of the Hellenic Republic. 21.00 – 22.00 Heads of state/government and ministers for foreign affairs of the countries participating in the ceremony of the Signature of the Treaty of Accession and of the European Conference participants, are received by the President of the Hellenic Republic, the prime minister and the minister for foreign affairs. 22.00 – 23.30 Two separate official dinners: – Heads of state/government, ministers (Astir Palace / Nafsika) – Delegations (Astir Palace / Arion) 23.30 Delegations return to their hotels. Athens, April 17 EUROPEAN CONFERENCE 09.00 – 09.50 Heads of state/government and ministers for foreign affairs of the European Conference participants arrive at the Zappeion Hall and are received by the president of the European Council and the minister for foreign affairs. 10.00 – 12.10 European Conference – Zappeion Hall. 12.15 Family photo. 12.20 – 12.30 Olive tree planting ceremony dedicated to peace and the Olympic Truce. 12.30 – 13.00 Presidency press conference (Zappeion Press Center, Aigli Cinema). 12.30 – 13.30 Parallel national briefings (Zappeion Press Center, Karaiskaki Square). 13.15 – 13.45 Drinks will be offered to members of delegations at Aigli, Zappeion. 13.45 – 15.15 Lunch at Aigli, Zappeion. 15.30 Departures for the hotels – end of meeting. 2. Venues A) The informal meeting of the European Council will be held at the Zappeion Hall on Tuesday, April 16 at 09.30. B) The ceremony for Signature of the Accession Treaty will be held at the Stoa of Attalos, situated in the Ancient Agora, at the foot of the Acropolis on April 16 beginning at 15.15. C) The European Conference will be held at the Zappeion Hall, on April 17 at 09.00. (This is a provisional program provided by the Foreign Ministry and may be subject to changes.)