Alternate Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas addressed the 18th EU-ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) ministerial session in Madrid on May 26, and spoke of a "green growth" model, since Southeast Asia "is one of the regions of our world, that is harmed primarily by climate change."
He emphasised that "sustainable growth" is a major priority for the EU, and observed that for "us to reach this goal, we must improve information and sensitivity in consumer attitude and choose those effective policy tools that will help us change the consumption stereotypes."
Referring to the economic crisis, he further said that "green growth can be a reply to the present crisis if it is elevated to a priority."
Talks also focused the EU-ASEAN cooperation on energy security, measures against climate change, economic issues, and preventing nuclear proliferation
Deputy FM @ BSEC
Deputy Foreign Minister Spyros Kouvelis is in Sofia, Bulgaria, today, to participate at the 22nd Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs today and tomorrow (May 27 - 28).
Greece will be assuming the Chairmanship of the BSEC on 1 June 2010.