At the SNFCC, Mr. Steinmeier was welcomed by members of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and the SNFCC Board of Directors. During his visit, the German President, along with his Greek counterpart, Mr. Prokopis Pavlopoulos, attended an event on “Young People and the Future of Europe”.
As a civic, cultural, environmental and educational landmark for Athens, but also for Europe as a whole, the SNFCC has become a venue for visiting dignitaries and Heads of States and Governments from Europe and beyond.
In November 2016, the SNFCC attained international recognition, with the visit of the former President of the United States, Barack Obama, who delivered his official speech, at the Stavros Niarchos Hall. This was President Obama’s first trip to Greece and the final State visit of his administration.
The SNFCC’s design, construction and full equipment is the largest single grant of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF). In February, 2017, following the completion of the SNFCC’s construction, the SNF delivered the SNFCC as a gift to the Greek State, the legal owner of the project. At the same time, the SNF announced its commitment to continue supporting the SNFCC for the following five years, through grants totaling up to €50 million for the implementation of public programming and for covering SNFCC’s operational costs.