A programme agreement between the Church and DEPAN (Greek Cities Development Network) was signed this morning by Archbishop Ieronymos II of Athens and All Greece, the Minister of Development and Investment, Adonis Georgiadis and the Chairman of the Board of DEPAN, Christodoulos Mamsakos.
The Archbishop welcomed the Minister, the President and their associates and stressed that “your presence here is the successful outcome of a great endeavour. Great, because for the first time we managed to create together a document that bears the signatures of the representatives of all three parties – the Government of the Hellenic Republic, the Local Government and the Church of Greece.”
The Archbishop also wished, “the beginning of this cooperation to offer to the Church, a useful tool that until now it lacked. Very often there are ideas and thoughts that we want to implement in order to continue to fulfil our mission with rich fruits in terms of the social contribution and the spiritual and educational work of the Church. However, we are in a difficult position, as heaps of technical obligations either prevent us from making the initial decision or hinder us from continuing our ambitious efforts to implement a Public Benefit Project. Especially the design of Projects by the Holy Metropolises of the Region remains as a rule equivocal under the pretext of lack of maturity.”