From January 1st, to June 30th, 2014, the presidency of the Council of the European Union is held by Greece. It is a habitual practice of the Greek people who work in the Joint Research Center of the European Commission at Ispra, Italy to organize cultural events within the frame of the so called Hellenic Semester. The Hellenic Semester coincides with the Greek Presidency starting on January 1 and ending on June 30, 2014. Most of the events organized during the Hellenic semester aim at presenting and promoting the Greek culture.The purpose of this Web site is to inform all interested parties about new happenings and provide them with valuable information that will facilitate their participation in planned events.