Outgoing US Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt and Consul General Elizabeth Lee inaugurated TechLab Thessaloniki on Tuesday, the sixth American Space to be introduced in Greece.
It will be hosted at ‘EduAct-Action For Education’, an organization that introduces new educational programs for young people in Greece.
An embassy initiative for Greece, American Spaces was introduced in the country in 2003. It provides multimedia hubs that operate as information platforms for entrepreneurship, technology and education programs. These spaces can also help the young build skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
“The Thessaloniki Tech-Lab is our sixth American Space here in Greece,” Ambassador Pyatt said, “and I should point out that it’s very unusual to have six different windows on America in a country of Greece’s size. This number of American spaces speaks to Greece’s strategic importance, but also to the United States’ desire to foster our relationships with the Greek people. It also speaks to the tremendous interest that we have found across Greece in learning more about the United States and our shared values.”
Pyatt noted that this was his farewell visit to Thessaloniki before leaving his post in early May, after six years in Greece. “I’ve loved the wonderful waterfront, the fantastic food, but most of all, the incredible warmth of Thessaloniki’s people,” he said, adding that he is “incredibly proud of the Thessaloniki Tech-Lab, and I look forward to seeing the results of its work and its contributions to the U.S.-Greece relationship for years to come.”
The other such spaces in Greece are located in Athens, Corfu, Sparta, Veria, and Xanthi.