Education Min had ‘positive’ and ‘constructive’ meeting with Ecumenical Patriarch

Education Minister Costas Gavroglou had a “positive” and “constructive” meeting with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Fanar, Istanbul to discuss proposed changes to Church-State relations in Greece. The meeting was held on Tuesday.

Gavroglou briefed the members of the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in detail about the framework of agreement between the Greek State and the Church of Greece and provided assurances regarding the safeguarding of priests’ labour rights.

In his statements after the meeting, Gavroglou spoke of a “very fruitful debate” and expressed his optimism as to the outcome of the dialogue. “We have laid the foundations so that we can start discussing the specific content of this agreement to the extent that there are issues related to the Ecumenical Patriarchate,” he said.

As far as the priests’ labour rights are concerned, he noted that there is a plan to be discussed in the coming days with the Church of Greece, the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Church of Crete. “Since we have the will, we think it is something that will be solved in a clear way,” he said.