Living personalities on Greek
(Philotelia no. 680/2013, p. 161)
On 21 June there was and urgent
meeting of the Advisory Council, in which the Philatelic Directorate
of the Hellenic Post asked the Council members to:
…amend the 2013 program by including an additional stamp set titled
"Distinguished Greek Personalities" in order to promote a foundation
and five Greek personalities of our country that have offered
significant social, scientific, business and charitable
contributions, as follows:
- Stavros Niarchos Foundation - Philanthropy Sector
- Vangelis - Arts & Letters Sector
- Jim Giannopoulos - Performing Arts & Cinema Sector
- Aris Patrinos - Science Sector
- Nikos Aliagas - Media Sector
- Andrew Liveris - Business Sector
...approve the mock-ups of the stamp set "Greek Distinguished
Personalities", which is due to be released on 16 September 2013.
We shall not comment the fact that the six sectors were referred to
in English, nor we shall get involved -at this stage- into the
discussion on names.
But we can not stay silent in front of
the unconcealed pressure against both the Board of the Hellenic Post
and the Philatelic Directorate, in order to violate the fundamental
principle that "living personalities are not depicted on stamps",
insulting the timeless symbolic character of the Greek stamps.
We hope that, even at the last minute, wiser thoughts will prevail
and this intended outrage will be called off.