Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos on Tuesday welcomed at the Acropolis Museum the group of Socialist European Parliament deputies headed by Martin Schulz and Stavros Lambrinidis.

Geroulanos focused in his address on the need for the European deputies to cooperate to enable the process for issuing visas from countries considered extremely important markets for Greece and the development of its tourism more flexible and simple.

The minister underlined the Greek effort for overcoming the crisis and returning to growth, with tourism and its cooperation with culture being the motive lever. In addition, he had the opportunity of attracting the European deputies' attention to the return of the Parthenon marbles.

Gereoulanos said that "the Parthenon is the most prominent monument of humanity that exists and it is fragmented between Athens and the British Museum. I call on you to support our appeal for its reunification, not as friends of Greece but as socialists, as people who serve the values that the Parthenon represents. Freedom, equality and democracy."