Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues

Congresswoman Maloney is the founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues. The Caucus serves to bring a renewed congressional focus on key diplomatic, military, and human rights issues in this critical part of the world. The members of the Caucus introduce legislation, arrange briefings on current events, and disseminate information to interested parties.

The topics on which the Caucus focuses include U.S. aid to Greece and Cyprus, the conflict on Cyprus, U.S. relations with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the status of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and developments in the Aegean.

Congresswoman Maloney first founded the caucus in 1996 with former Congressman Michael Bilirakis and now co-chairs with caucus with his son, Rep. Gus Bilirakis. She represents one of the largest Greek populations in the world, outside of Cyprus and Greece and is a steadfast supporter of strong U.S. relations with Greece and Cyprus.

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Sep 13, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B.

Jul 20, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), co-chair and co-founder of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, today commemorated 47 years since Turkey illegally invaded Cyprus. 

 

“Forty-seven years ago, Greek Cypriots were forced from their homes, and religious and cultural sites were damaged and destroyed during the illegal Turkish invasion. Nearly five decades later, many still have not been able to return home.  

 

Jul 13, 2021 Press Release

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), co-chair and co-founder of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, and Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, yesterday met with Special Representative of the Secretary-General and the Head of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), Deputy Special Adviser of the Secretary-General, Elizabeth Spehar. During the meeting, Representatives Maloney and Bilirakis stressed the importance of pursuing the reunification of Cyprus and a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus issue. 

Jul 1, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), co-chair and co-founder of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, today led a group of bipartisan members of the Caucus in urging the Biden Administration “to speak out against the unilateral and illegal actions of the Republic of Turkey concerning the ‘reopening’ of Varosha on Cyprus.”

 

May 7, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), co-founder and co-chair of Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, and Congressman Gus M. Bilirakis (R-FL), co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, today introduced the bipartisan Turkey and Ecumenical Patriarchate Religious Freedom Act of 2021. The legislation would hold Turkey accountable for violating the religious freedoms of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Greek Orthodox Christians, and other religious minorities.

 

Mar 19, 2021 In The News

US lawmakers introduced a resolution in Congress on Thursday calling on Britain to return the Parthenon Marbles to Greece.

Mar 18, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, ahead of the 200th anniversary of Greece’s independence, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), Co-Chair and Co-Founder of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, and Congressman Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, introduced a resolution calling on the United Kingdom to return the Parthenon Marbles to Greece.

 

Nov 16, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), co-chair and co-founder of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, and Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, led 21 of their colleagues in a bipartisan letter to Secretary Pompeo urging the State Department to hold Turkey accountable for its illegal reopening of the beach in Varosha and to condemn President Erdogan’s recent rhetoric in support of a two-state solution for Cyprus.

Aug 25, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – The Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues and Congressional Hellenic-Israel Alliance, represented by Congresswoman Carolyn B.

Aug 21, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), co-chair and co-founder of the Hellenic Caucus, Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), and Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) led a group of 16 bipartisan Members of Congress in condemning the Republic of Turkey’s reckless actions in the Eastern Mediterranean that have increased tensions between North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members.