by George Vailakis

It was a moving ceremony the one with which the 28th Economia Student Competition on “Climate change and energy: The development dimension in the EU and Greece” was completed, on Thursday 23 June.

A large number of students from numerous public and private higher education institutions from Greece and abroad participated in the competition with their original works.

The General Manager of the Economia Group, Antonis Papagiannidis, who had the role of Special Advisor in the evaluation process, said at the beginning of the award ceremony:

“This competition started thanks to an idea of Alexandra Vovolini, who wanted to give the chance to young people, especially students, to deal with an extracurricular issue. To write about their ideas, to submit an analysis around a topic we consider to be of interest each time. Throughout the years it has been proven that the competition attracted high interest and you are the proof of that. The contest matured, became known and covered various topics for analysis. I must say that you present several innovative approaches more original than the ones we read in the newspapers or listen to at different discussions. “

The Director of the Postgraduate Program “MSc in Energy: Strategy, Law and Economics” of the Department of International & European Studies of the University of Piraeus and member of the Evaluation Committee, Nikos Farantouris, said:

“It is important to read the views of young people about a major issue of society, economy, politics, institutions, such as energy and climate change. An amazing theme this year, such as “Energy and Climate Change” that intersects horizontally and vertically all the individual aspects of life – institutions, society, politics, economy, geopolitics. Not only in terms of energy costs, but also in terms of the future of our life on this planet. Climate, environment and energy were therefore the subject of this year’s competition. And we became richer reading your work. Above all, we are happy to see young people coming up with original ideas on these issues that from now on will not only be in the news, but also on the front lines of the scientific dialogue”.

For her part, the publisher and president of the Economia Group, Alexandra Bovolini, said:

“In 1994 we started a competition for our 60 years. Now we will celebrate our 89th year as a magazine and the 28th of the competition. We wanted to bring new people closer to business, something that is almost self-evident today. And we found some romantic industrialists. And I always remember Dimitris Marinopoulos of “Famar” and how much he helped us for the first 10 years. Then there were other companies, including Info Quest as it was called back then. TITAN Group has always been close to us. So was Odysseas Kyriakopoulos with “Voxites Parnassos” whom we lost earlier this year. Greece is a small country but thanks to you and your own actions it can grow “.

Next, Alexandra Vovolini handed over the awards to the winners of the 28th Economia Student Competition. The names of the winners are available here.