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Wednesday, 16 April 2014 16:59

A congress dedicated to Professor Kaissis

The Thessaloniki International Student Model United Nations 2014, which will take place on 23 April 2014 at the University of Macedonia, is dedicated to Professor Dr. Athanassios Kaissis, Law School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Corresponding Fellow of the University of Heidelberg and Member of the International Hellenic University Governing Board.

The programme is as follows:
18:00-19:30:  Opening ceremony

  • Professor Paroula Naskou Perraki, University of Macedonia, Chief Academic officer for ThessISMUN
  • Professor Yannis Chatzidimitriou, Rector of the University of Macedonia
  • Mr Dimitrios Fatouros, Information Officer for Greece and Cyprus, United Nations Regional Information Centre, Brussels
  • Professor Dr. Athanassios Kaissis’ talk: "Alternative  Dispute Resolution:  Advantages and Disadvantages  of  International Commercial Arbitration"
  • Award-giving to Professor Dr. Athanassios Kaissis
  • Opening of ThessISMUN, Mr Isidoros Dafnis, Secretary General of ThessISMUN 2014

19.30: Reception for honorary guests



Important conclusions for the energy market and consumer behavior of Greeks came out during the workshop on "Energy Law: hydrocarbons (oil - gas) Legal, Financial, Environmental, Investment, Geopolitical Aspects" organized by the International University Greece, Athanasios Kaisis Law Professor, Member of the Governing Board of the International Hellenic University and Chairman of the EPA Thessaloniki Board.

According to data presented during the conference penetration of natural gas in Thessaloniki in 2013 amounted to 48% of the population and it is estimated that 670,000 people of Thessaloniki are currently users of natural gas. As stated in his presentation titled: "The penetration of natural gas in Thessaloniki and Thessaly ", Mr Leonidas Mpakouras, Commercial Operations Director, External Relations & Regulatory Affairs PSC PSC - Thessaloniki Thessaly, in 2018 more than 830,000 residents will use natural gas in Thessaloniki, a percentage that would amount to 64 % of the population.


Also as stated in Mr. Ananias Tompoulidis, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Western Macedonia, speech : "the mixture of natural gas consumed in Greece in 2012 came, 56% of Russia (Gazprom), the 14% of Turkey (Botas), 17% from Algeria (LNG from Sonatrach) and 13% other suppliers spot LNG (Eni, Qatar). Also the same year, sales of natural gas consumption by sector were: 66.3% in electricity, 18.1% in industry and 15.6% in the PSC for domestic consumption."

Regarding environmental protection is worth noting that according to data presented at the conference between 2000 - 2013 consumed more than 2.8 billion Nm3 (unit mass quantity of gas), substituting oil and fuel oil, with the result that charged atmosphere of significant quantities of pollutants: carbon dioxide (3,418 tons), sulfur dioxide (2,315 tonnes), carbon monoxide (506 tonnes), nitric oxide (5,566 tons) and particulate matter (PM) (2,214 tonnes).

Professor Athanasios Kaissis presentation covered the legal and regulatory framework of energy distribution in Greece. Prof. Kaissis after analyzing the steps of providing legal protection for disputes in the hydrocarbon sector and assessed the model contract for the lease of the Greek government, which has drawn the ministry, remarked that: "While the model contract is in accordance with the international standards, the practice of appointment of "one expert only" by the State with a unilateral act is contrary to the international practice and raises issues about the independence and neutrality of the expert."



The School and the MA in Black Sea Cultural Studies Praised as Exemplary by International Standards - External Evaluation Report of IHU School of Humanities Announced–


“…the School of Humanities, and the wider university, is forward-looking and ambitious… …the MA in Black Sea Cultural Studies, meets all international standards of excellence and is exemplary within the Greek public university system…” – External Evaluation Committee, February 2014

A team of independent evaluators from international universities - the University of Reading, the University of Sofia “St. Kliment Ohridski” and Massey University, New Zealand - carried out an external evaluation of the IHU School of Humanities in February 2014 on behalf of the Hellenic Quality Assurance & Accreditation Agency (ΑΔΙΠ).

Their findings, published in a publicly available report, are high in their praise of the School’s research record, student support services, evaluation procedure, and the teaching quality of the MA in Black Sea Cultural Studies which they commend as high by international standards.

Click here to read the report.



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