A meeting was held between the President of the Hellenic Republic, His Excellency Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos, and the President of the Board of Directors of “The Smile of the Child”, Mr. Costas Yannopoulos.The aim the meeting was to inform the President of the Hellenic Republic about the work of “The Smile of the Child” during the 1st Semester of 2017, the latest developments and priorities for the protection of children and families in need.Briefly, Mr. Yannopoulos informed the President of the Hellenic Republic about the following issues in the framework of the necessary accountability to every Greek citizen:
– During the 1st semester 2017 “The Smile of the Child” supported 60.543 children and their families in the critical areas of violence, health, disappearance and poverty through a nationwide network of services in the levels of preventing and tackling serious issues of children.
– “The Smile of the Child” is the first national, Greek Organization which becomes official partner to DG ECHO. Following a thorough control and evaluation from DG ECHO in the areas of Administrative Adequacy, Financial Management and Adequacy, Technical Adequacy, as well as Experience and Efficiency, “The Smile of the Child” became an official partner by signing the Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA). As partner of DG ECHO “The Smile of the Child” will undertake actions of humanitarian aid in line with the principles of 21 years of operation, thus, giving emphasis to the quality of its services, impact and the transparency of its actions.
– “The Smile of the Child” with ordinary citizens as its main supporters is obliged to pay enormous taxes on a longstanding basis for the services provided free-of-charge to every child and family across the country.
Commenting on the announcement of Mr. Yannopoulos in regards to the signing of a Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA) with the European Commission the President of the Hellenic Republic underlined: “The recognition of “The Smile of the Child” from the European Union means not only recognition, but also solidarity. This fact shows that the rule of solidarity in Europe starts to function in a substantial way. We all understand in Europe that the problem is not only Greek. It is a wider problem. The principle of solidarity is not something abstract”.