AIACE: 2019 Congress
From Valencia in 2018 to Lisbon in 2019, happy coincidence has taken us from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic, and to two different cultures that are both Iberian and resolutely European.
Our Portuguese AIACE colleagues have kindly offered to be our hosts for this anniversary Congress, and to ensure that this annual event continues to enable us to meet our statutory obligations in an atmosphere of conviviality. In so doing, the Lusitanian section has shown its generosity and an admirable willingness to share some of the increasingly complex organisational aspects required to make this annual Congress happen, in association with AIACE INT, in such a way as to achieve greater flexibility whilst at the same time seeking to reduce the cost of participation.
On the other hand, 2019 is a very special date: we will be celebrating 50 years since our association of former officials of the European Union institutions was created. This is obviously an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of AIACE’s role and to highlight the fundamental importance of the European Civil Service, just as I was able to do with President Juncker at our recent meeting with him.
Whilst our annual Congresses will always be a forum in which the debate on our Europe is present, such a significant anniversary gives us a golden opportunity to highlight the role of the civil service to which we are proud to have belonged, and whose unique nature must be preserved as an instrument through which the missing aspects of Europe can be developed. I can but urge you to join us in this special event where all these aspects converge, and where you will have the opportunity to take part in our statutory meetings and information sessions, to enjoy the spirit of togetherness that reigns, and to discover some of the many tourist attractions in this vibrant city and to share our memories of Europe in the capital that gave its name to the great reform Treaty.
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