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On the occasion of the 2,400 years of Stari Grad on the Croatian island of Hvar, a round table and an exhibition called "Islands Faros and Paros - Millennial Mediterranean Connections" were organised by Croatian member of the European Parliament Andrej Plenkovic and his Greek colleague Georgios Kyrstsos in Brussels on Monday.

The event, dedicated to the millennial connections between Greece and Croatia and the islands of Paros and Faros, was also attended by Stari Grad Mayor Vinko Maroevic and Split County head Zlatko Zevrnja.

The fact that the event was attended by more than 250 people shows that we have contributed to the promotion of the Croatian culture and heritage and strengthened ties between Croatia and Greece and our Adriatic, Ionian, Aegean and Mediterranean orientation, Plenkovic said, adding that the event also put emphasis on the possibility of using European funds for island development.

Greek MEP Georgios Kyrstsos of the New Democracy party, which is a member of the European People's Party, said the event presented the common heritage of the islands of Paros and Faros, the strong connections between Croatia and Greece and their joint walk through the European civilisation.

Residents of the Greek island of Paros in 385 BC established a colony on the island of Hvar, which they called Faros (today's Stari Grad). They thus established the oldest town in Croatia whose Starigradsko Polje (Stari Grad Plain) locality is on the UNESCO World Heritage list.  

The Stari Grad Plain is an agricultural landscape set up by the Greek colonists and is still in use. The plain is generally still in its original form. The ancient layout has been preserved by careful maintenance of the stone walls over 24 centuries.

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