The 2015 ESIN Annual General Meeting on the small island of Kastellorizo has let us experience the joys and qualities of island life, but also problems and difficulties: the warm welcoming from the islanders, good venue, flexible program, excellent food, beautiful weather and lovely trips by boat have been intertwined with bad weather, cancelled flights and visits to the backside of the island. Just the kind of days ESIN delegates appreciate!
Thanks to Elefterios Kechagioglou, Litsa Papathanassi and others, it has been a week filled with knowledge and impressions (see photographs below). Meeting with the local Council, Greek Mayors, government officials, scientists and environmentalists have been very rewarding. This has been realised with the help of translators and sponsors including the Region of the South Aegean, Blue Star Ferries and the Municipality of Kastellorizo to whom we are most grateful.
Minutes from the General Meeting on 25th of September and by the Board on 26th of September, will soon be distributed and communicated to all parties.
We wish all the best for the new Board chaired by Bengt Almkvist and his three vice Presidents John Walsh from Ireland, Elefterios Kechagioglou from Greece and Christian Pleijel from the Åland Islands.
May we be the strong, united voice the small islands of Europe need in Brussels and elsewhere.
View of Mounta 230m and Kastellorizo
Ferry Diagoras is turning around in the small harbour
The headmaster of the school
The Chief Engineer
City dump overlooking the island of Rho
Going into the blue cave
Lise Thilleman is awestruck in the Blue Cave
Camille Dressler: thank you for serving the board for three years
Lefteris Kechagioglou, our excellent host
Formal meeting (Photo: Lise Thilleman Jensen)
Maria Kamma-Aliferis, mayor of Tilos and chairman of HSIN
Litsa and friend saying goodbye