The liberal award ceremony of “Prometheus 2017” – the first awards for freedom in Greece – were established in 2017 by KEFiM-Markos Dragoumis. The event took place in mid-December in Athens in the presence of more than a hundred prominent guests. Well-known actor George Angelopoulos hosted the evening.
The “Lifetime Achievement Award” was presented by Alexandros Skouras, President of KEFiM, to American libertarian Tom G. Palmer. Palmer acts as Vice-President of the Atlas Network and has been a longtime supporter of Greek liberalism. The “Journalist of the Year Award” was awarded to Kostas Stoupas, while Greek cartoonist Arkas was named “Artist of the Year”. Publisher Vangelis Trikeriotis received the accolade on behalf of the well-known but reclusive caricaturist. Lastly, KEFiM’s Executive Director Nikos Rompapas announced the winner in the category “Entrepreneur of the Year”. Nikos Drandakis, founder of the Greek mobile app Taxibeat, received the honors.
A very special moment of the evening was when Antypas Karipoglou handed over the “Lifetime Award for Promoting Individual Liberty” to the former member of the Hellenic Parliament and former minister Stefanos Manos. “Greece, in order to make progress, must return the freedoms which it deprived its citizens of during the expansion of the state”, Manos said in his speech, underlining the need for courageous decisions in order for Greece to recover.
KEFiM aims to reward individuals whose work or activities epitomize the values of liberalism. The legendary figure Prometheus, one of the Titans, represents a basic principle of liberalism according to which a liberal human being raises his stature not only for his own freedom but for the freedom of others as well. Prometheus’ myth symbolizes trust and man’s ability to manage knowledge together with the responsibility that this entails.
Both KEFiM and FNF are committed to ensure that the Prometheus Awards develop into a real institution for liberalism in Greece in the years to come.