Academic Convocations

Rome, Province Palace/Villa Miani - June 4 – 5, 1999

On the 4th and 5th of June 1999, the European Academy for Economic and Cultural Relations drew to Rome a hundred professionals, entrepreneurs and businessmen coming from all over Italy whose desire was to offer an active contribution to the activities of the Academy.

On the morning of Saturday, June 5th, AEREC sponsored a very important editorial presentation: in the offices of the Province of Rome, located at the Valentini Palace, the Academic Book of the International Promotion Institute was presented.  This volume contains hundreds of biographical profiles on the graduates of Honoris Causa.  These are leading persons of the Italian and International entrepreneurial, economic and cultural society who have distinguished themselves particularly in their sphere of action.  The IPI had also been busy in meritorious social and charitable activities, consequently, the Governing Body of the AEREC decided to sponsor the presentation of the Academic Book.

On this occasion, AEREC organized a conference on the subject “The Small and Medium Concerns in the European Union” with the participation of, among others, Senator Cosimo Ventucci, who met with a keen interest of those present.

In the evening, all of the participants and guests proceeded to the beautiful Villa Miani where AEREC had organized a charity performance in honor of A.M.R.E.F., the African Medical and Research Foundation, which actively and directly assists the impoverished people of Africa.  The President of AMREF, Senator Susanna Agnelli, was AEREC’s guest of honor.  During the evening, various artists including, singer Anna Vinci, painter Gianna Buran and the musicians of the “Santa Cecilia” Conservatory, gave their contributions in order to support the common cause of AEREC and AMREF.

The Honorary President of AEREC, Professor Dante Manfredi, delivered a speech which presented the projects of AEREC.  He expressed great satisfaction regarding the success of the event on behalf of AMREF, a charity auction which raised several million Italian Lira, and released the announcement of AEREC’s future endeavors.

On the morning of Sunday, June 6th, a message of hope and solidarity was launched from the top of the “Victorian”, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where AEREC had organized a symbolic ceremony.  In fact, thanks to a special order authorized by the Ministry of Defense, AEREC was allowed to place a crown of laurel on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier which is an honor traditionally reserved only for Heads of State.  After this celebration, the Academics proceeded to Vatican City in order to attend the Holy Mass officiated by Vatican Canon, Monsignor Vittorino Canciani, in St. Peter’s Basilica, which had been made available specifically for this occasion.

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