Ioannis Giogkarakis-Argyropoulos

EU ambassador bids farewell

The European Union Ambassador has spent a total of eight years in the country, and will be leaving on the 31st of August.

Ambassador Ioannis Giogkarakis-Argyropoulos started his career in PNG from 1992-1996 as a young official from the European Commission.

New documentary marking EU-PNG partnership

To mark this significant milestone, a documentary titled “EU-PNG, 40 Years of Partnership”, will premiere in Port Moresby on the 25th of June.

The European Union-PNG partnership started in 1977, shortly after PNG’s independence.

EU Ambassador, Ioannis Giogkarakis-Argyropoulos, says what PNG and the EU have achieved together over this period has been truly remarkable, especially considering the distance that separates us physically.

Death penalty is an ‘irreversible act’

On this important occasion, the European Union delegation to PNG calls for an end to state-sanctioned capital punishment.

Today, the EU delegation to PNG joined other EU missions around the globe to recall the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Countries are reminded that the death penalty is a violation of human rights.

A number of points were raised in today’s press briefing by the EU Ambassador to PNG.

First and foremost, Ambassador Ioannis Giogkarakis-Argyropoulos said capital punishment is an irreversible act.

EU commits to PNG rights issues

This commitment was reaffirmed by Ambassador Ioannis Giogkarakis-Argyropoulos at the opening night of PNG’s 8th Human Rights Film Festival. 

Ambassador Ioannis said human rights is at the very heart of the EU’s relations with countries and regions.  

“Please be assured that the EU will continue to support initiatives in human resource areas in PNG, and the formal abolishment of the death penalty remains an area of continuing and constructive dialogue with the PNG government,” he said.

He stressed on awareness among the public at large.

Around K650m for 2014-2020: EU

“It focuses on three main areas: Rural economic development, human resources development and water supply and sanitation,” the Union said in a statement during the commemoration of 40 years of EU-PNG partnership on March 25.

European Union Ambassador H.E. Ioannis Giogkarakis-Argyropoulos said: “The European Union has provided scholarships to train some 900 primary school teachers, of which at least 50 percent are female, who will be ready to be deployed in remote areas. Thus, it will assist with the Government’s priority of education for all.