Mariano Rumor was Prime Minister, the Red Brigades were in full swing, Iva Zanicchi was singing on the radio and Indro Montanelli was founding “Il Giornale”. In the UnitedStates, Nixon, was resigning because of the Watergate scandal and the football world cup was won by West Germany. 1974 was a year of changes. In this atmosphere, Mitteleuropa was founded in Friuli Venezia Giulia.
The will that brought it into existence was that of promoting cultural, economic and social dialogue among Central European countries. It was a challenge in such a historical moment when the split caused by the iron curtain was making relations and projects very difficult, if not impossible. Over the years, Mitteleuropa has added a new mission to its original one, becoming a private diplomatic agency. Nowadays, Mitteleuropa Association is accredited by the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region among the cultural bodies of regional relevance and it is registered in the Transparency Register of the European Commission.
During nearly half a century of work the Association has accomplished a lot, beginning with the Festival of Central European Nations (Festa dei Popoli della Mitteleuropa), which attracted thousands of people every year from 1975 to 2012 and which was granted important patronages such as that of the Italian Council of Ministers and of the Holy Father Benedict XVI, among others.
Shortly after its foundation, the Association started publishing the magazine “Mitteleuropa” in 1979. In its pages, beside the news about Association’s activities, paramount questions of our time have found place, in order to better understand the epoch in which Europe is living, spacing from history to geopolitics, passing through religion and culture. Events conceived or organized by Mitteleuropa Association have multiplied to the point of being difficult to enumerate. To name just a few:
Patronage and coordination, in collaboration with the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Udine, of Meetings of Internal Medicine of Mitteleuropean Nations held in several countries.
THE DAY OF REMEMBRANCE
Annual celebration in memory of May 2, 1989, the symbolic date of the fall of the iron curtain. This Association’s initiative touched the most important Central European capitals and in 2002 the Slovak Embassy in Rome, at the presence of political, diplomatic and religious authorities.
AQUILEIA BETWEEN EAST AND WEST
The convention “Aquileia between East and West: From the Roots to the Wings. A Dialogue for Europe” involved the participation of senior representatives of the Catholic Church; of the Orthodox Churches of Constantinople, Alexandria, Russia, Serbia, Romania, Greece; of the Armenian Apostolic Church and the Lutheran Church. An unprecedented event in Europe.
Collaboration for the realization of Mittelfest, Central European festival of theatre, dance, poetry, visual arts, puppets and cinema.
AQUILEIA - CROSSROADS OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE
Realization of the exhibition called “Aquileia – Crossroads of the Roman Empire – the Rome that Looked towards the East“. In collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, the Province of Udine and the National Association for Aquileia. Designed to be itinerant, it was hosted in Budapest, Cracow, Bratislava, Vienna, Brussels, Prague and many other locations.
In collaboration with the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Udine, the Association sponsored and coordinated the Meetings of Internal Medicine of Mitteleuropean Nations, held in various Central European countries.
Organization of the annual Mitteleuropa’s Christmas Concert, a musical event aimed at displaying the variety and diversity of vocal and musical expressions of European peoples.
The Association was accredited by the Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia - Department of Culture - as an institution of regional relevance and listed among cultural bodies of regional interest.The Association established an international recognition: the award "Laudis et Honoris Signum", that has been given to illustrious personalities who had attained high and particular merits in favor of the supra-national Mitteleuropean ideal, promoting co-operation and cohesion among European peoples, according to the inspiring principles of the Association’s Statute.
The Association was awarded the “Golden Star of Town-Twinning” by the European Commission - Directorate General for Education and Culture.
The Association is the promoter of the three-year project “Aquileia: from a Land of Passage to a Land of Message”, funded by the Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia.
The convention "Aquileia Between East and West: From the Roots to the Wings. A Dialogue for Europe” was honored with the participation of senior representatives of the Catholic Church, the Orthodox Churches of Constantinople, Alexandria, Russia, Serbia, Romania, Greece, the Armenian Apostolic Church and the Lutheran Church. This was an unprecedented event in Europe.
Beginning of collaboration with Mittelfest, Central European festival of theatre, dance, poetry, visual arts, puppets and cinema. The Association takes on the task of establishing a Committee of Honor formed by Ambassadors and Ministers of Culture of 19 member countries the Central European Initiative (C.E.I.).
International conventions on political, cultural and economic issues have been organized on the topic of Euroregions, in collaboration with the Department of International Relations of the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia. The success of this initiative has been growing and high officers and illustrious personalities are ever present.
Realization of the exhibition called "Aquileia, Crossroads of the Roman Empire - the Rome that Looked towards the East", in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, the Province of Udine and the National Association for Aquileia. Designed to be itinerant, it was displayed in Budapest, Cracow, Bratislava, Vienna, Brussels, Prague and many other locations.
By the invitation of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region and of the Central European Initiative, Mitteleuropa participated in the works of an important summit of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Central European Initiative.
During Expo Milano 2015, Mitteleuropa organized “MittelExpo”, a meeting of Central-European diplomacy.
First edition of “Festa dei Popoli della Mitteleuropa”. For 37 years every summer the association gathered thousands of people under the cap of a common European culture. Prestigious were the patronages received, from that of the Prime Minister to that of the Holy Father Benedict XVI.
The Association established an international recognition: the award “Laudis et Honoris Signum”, that has been given to illustrious personalities who had acquired high and particular merits in favor of the supra-national Mitteleuropean ideal, promoting solid co-operation and cohesion between European peoples, according to our Statute’s inspiring principles.
A collaboration begins for the realization of Mittelfest, festival of prose, dance, poetry, visual arts, puppets and cinema of Central European Countries. The Association is responsible for the establishment of a Committee of Honor formed by the Ambassadors and Ministers of Culture of the 19 countries included in the Central European Initiative (C.E.I.).
In the distant 1974 it was a daring and uneasy choice.
The eagle – which we picked up simply as a reference to the common historical and cultural roots and especially as a straightforward symbol of brother- and sisterhood and of a spiritual unity of all Central European peoples – was tendentiously misrepresented by the political establishment of the time, both in the West and in the East. It was not easy to explain the real significance and the profound meaning that the eagle represented.
Then things changed; the iron curtain fell down, dialogue was resumed, the Soviet Union shattered, Europe strengthened and the eagles took flight again, as one- or two-headed eagles returned to the nations’ flags.
Our courageous choice made in 1974 was thus rewarded.
Our symbol has become a fashion emblem. It is sought after and imitated everywhere. We thus face the opposite problem: how to defend ourselves and defend our logo from counterfeits, from fake “Mittel europeans” and from “merchants” looking for trendy brands. Therefore, our eagle was registered as a trademark in 1997 and as such it is legally protected both on national and on international level.
It is natural to express our pride for being able to look far ahead in difficult times and to firmly hold on a winning idea.
BECOME A MEMBER
To become a member of the Mitteleuropa Cultural Association and to receive our hardcopy magazine, please fill in the application form, sign it and send it by post or by e-mail to the secretariat (firstname.lastname@example.org). After acceptance, according to the Statute, you will be invited to pay the yearly membership fee of € 20 (twenty Euro) to the Italian Postal Account n. 10475499 or by bank transfer payable to Associazione Culturale Mitteleuropa (IBAN: IT42H0200812310000001118197) Afterwards you receive the membership card and social symbols.
Organi Sociali 2020–2023
COMPOSIZINE DEGLI ORGANI SOCIALI 2020 – 2023
Assemblea ordinaria e straordinaria
del 25.01.2020 a Gorizia
- Paolo Petiziol – Presidente
- Camilla Beltramini – vice Presidente
- Enio Decorte – Consigliere
- Sonia De Marchi – Consigliere
- Luca Baraldi – Consigliere
- Agostino Maio – Consigliere
- Fabio Antonini – Consigliere
Collegio Dei Probi Viri
- Sergio Gorjan
- Roberto Cosma
- Marinella Tolloi
- Laura Soica
- Franco Stacul
Collegio Dei Revisori Dei Conti
- Edi Fattor
- Angela – Helga Checchinato
- Giuseppe Marzano