joyful Turin, lighted by the decorations of Christmas, was the meeting
venue for the members of the European
for Economic and Cultural Relations on December 18, 1999.
National Counselor and Representative for the Piedmont Region, Dr.
Graziano, took the initiative to organize a ceremony in the town of
Piedmont, the splendid success of which is contributed to his
meticulous organization of the event. The Grand Hotel Principi di
Piemonte, one of the best organized and comfortable facilities of the
town, was the host of this memorable ceremony at which some of the
most distinguished representatives of the professional,
entrepreneurial, political and ecclesiastical societies participated,
all sharing the same wish to contribute to the humanitarian causes of
this occasion, not only had AEREC’s highest authorities arrived from
Rome: Honorary President Professor Dante Manfredi, President Dr.
Ernesto Carpintieri and Vice President Dr. Carmen Seidel; but also the
representative for the Lombardy Region, Dr. Antonio Capone, the
representative for the Region of Sardinia, Dr. Vincenzina Basciu, as
well as other renowned persons already bound to the Academy.
accompanied by the high-profile Honorary Committee,
highly qualified the event. The appointments of the new Academics was
sealed in front of Dr. Sergio Deorsola, President of the Regional
Council, MP Dr. Sergio Ghigo, President
of the Regional Committee, Professor Emilia Bergoglio-Cordaro,
President of the Order of St. Maurice, Monsignor Sergio Peradotto,
Vicar General, Dr. Luigi Bellusci, businessman and Vice President of
the Italian Manufacturers’ Association, Dr. Francesco Saluzzo, Head of
the Preliminary Investigation Magistrates, Dr. Umberto D’Ottavio,
Mayor of Collegno and Monsignor Renato Giovanardi, Apostolic
Prothonotary and Canon of the Roman Pantheon.
President of AEREC, Dr. Ernesto Carpintieri, presented the guests and
welcomed all of those present and proceeded to briefly sum up the
spirit of an AEREC member who binds himself to the support of
humanitarian causes, originating from a sincere love for his fellow
man and an opposition to the spreading declination of values.
Dante Manfredi, whose presence in Turin was warmly welcomed by
old as well as new Academics, was the first of the Presidency to
speak. He briefly presented the activities of the Academy emphasizing
the professional merits, but more importantly, the human and social
merits of those who join the Academy.
Speaking after him, PM Enzo Ghigo, President of the Regional Committee
of Piedmont, mentioned in his speech the significant leadership of the
city of Turin in the social and voluntary fields. The entrepreneur
and Vice President of the Italian Manufacturers’ Association, Dr.
Luigi Bellusci related his personal experiences in contact with the
hard realities present in South America and South Africa.
Vicar General Monsignor Sergio Peradotto delivered the best of regards
on behalf of the Archbishop and emphasized the possibility for the
growth of humanity with a different sensibility and ideology that must
always put the individual and his necessities at the center of
Emilia Bergoglio-Cordaro, President of the Order of St. Maurice hoped
that the Academics’ commitment to the community would be not only in
herald of personal satisfaction but also a utility for the others.
Francesco Saluzzo, Head of the Preliminary Investigation Magistrates,
praised the spirit of the Academy and its ability to combine
solidarity and assistance with an increased value of individual
experiences rewarded by the achievement of one’s goals.
the speech of Dr. Saluzzo, the appointment of the new Academics took
place followed by the reading of their biographic profiles. At the
end of the ceremony, some of the Academics who had particularly
distinguished themselves in the past years were awarded “The
International Oscar of Industriousness” from ENVA, the National Body
for the Development of Commerce, Industry and Handicraft.
the ceremony, all of those present proceeded to the stateroom for the
gala dinner where the musicians of the Turin Conservatory awaited
them. These musicians, young students of great talent, gave a free
performance embracing the spirit of the event and joining in the
colleagues, The St. Cecilia Conservatory of Rome who performed at last
year’s ceremony in Rome.
dinner, President Dr. Ernesto Carpintieri spoke to emphasize the
highly selective criteria of the Academy on which admission is based.
He also recollected the suffering of the millions of starving people
worldwide. The thoughtful support of the Academics is with them which
is being realized in part through the construction of a village in an
African village which shall be a reference point for those families
and children that are particularly stricken with famine and disease.
passing the floor to the Delegate for Piedmont and National Counselor,
Dr. Guiseppe Graziano, the President thanked him and the Academic
Guiseppe Cozza for having perfectly organized this special event.
President of the Regional Council, Dr. Sergio Deorsola, described the
Academy as “a positive find because nowadays and further more in the
next years when we will compete economically and commercially more and
more with the other countries, solidarity such as this will have an
last two speeches where made by two renowned and luminary protagonists
in the field of medicine, distinguished representatives of the
national and Piedmont scientific circles, Prof. Gianclaudio Fossati
and Prof. Guiseppe Cozza.
Fossati, first of all, thanked Dr. Graziano for having presented his
candidature to the Academy and for having backed him so strongly. The
renowned surgeon then recollected how, through the friendship of
Giuseppe Graziano, he became in contact with, several years ago, other
people with whom he shared a similar vocation for commitment and
solidarity such as this. He then founded with them a kind of virtual
Academy that is merged today with an important international
Cozza started with his declaration a love for his city, this year’s
venue for the AEREC ceremony. “Turin is an incredible city that has
molded men of every level and that has transmitted exceptional values
to the whole world. Here in Turin, the wish to do good has strongly
taken root. As an example for everyone, this evening, present here
with us is Prof. Emilia Bergoglio-Cordaro, President of the Order of
St. Maurice. Descending directly from this Order is the Cancer
Cardiologist Center which is one of the most innovative and valuable
structures in the Italian hospital network”.
Turin ceremony, having been called by the European Academy for
Economic Relations, could not have ended with better auspices. The
widespread sentiment, amidst the Christmas greetings and wishes, was
that, through organized efforts, there really is ground to realize the
ambitious projects of the Academy.