On Saturday 5 June, eight Albanian associations from Emilia-Romagna met in Parma, on the occasion of the Etno Gusti, to discuss the possibility of creating a regional network that would serve as a driving force for the socio-cultural promotion of the Albanian community.
The meeting, which follows that of the 24 last April in Forlì, aimed at the discussion of a draft Memorandum edited by the Juvenilja Association on the basis of the results achieved at the first meeting. Work began under the auspices of the Albanian ambassador to Italy Llesh Kola, read by Durim Lika, representative of the Scanderbeg Association, who hosted the event.
At the end of the meeting, the parties focused on the focal points related to the Network, such as the Decision-making Board, the Presidency, the Secretariat and the permanent Archive. Furthermore, the associations present have agreed objectives and actions and identified common priorities and issues. An integral version of the Memorandum coming out of the Parma meeting will be prepared in the coming days and we hope to sign it, in a short time, in the Emilia-Romagna region. In a nutshell, the Network prefigures the objectives of the enhancement and representation of the Albanian community in the regional context, promotion of the Albanian culture and language, peaceful coexistence and mutual respect between people, the strengthening of ties between the two shores of the Adriatic . Among the actions it is to appoint the creation of a common web platform, the promotion of the Network itself, and more important, the commitment to collaborate in future projects to guarantee sustainability and functionality to the Network itself. The network is endowed with a Board of Directors composed of the presidents of the associations and a Presidency and Secretariat with an annual mandate, elected by majority, with functions of coordination, spokesman and implementation of an Action Plan. The initiative is the fruit of long work, started under the input of the Juvenilja Association, and supported and enriched with the contribution of all the associations over the last three months. The representatives unanimously decided to assign the first presidency and secretariat of the network to Juvenilja.
As a representative of Juvenilja, I take the opportunity to thank, but even before we commit ourselves, so that the spirit of solidarity and sharing of common values and principles that emerged in these meetings constitute the basis for the creation of common working methods, optimization of the the use of enormous human resources within associations for common purposes, and the permanent prevalence of the propensity to proactivity.
Faik Konica, a bulwark of Albanian associations in the world, in unsuspected times, wrote, in his Prayer of the Writer: "Our Father in Heaven, ... give us the strength to go deeper into a job, before writing about it ... ". Saturday was the time to look in the eyes, make a decision and shake hands. The time has come since Sunday to roll up our sleeves, wipe our brow and walk towards new, much desired, destinations.
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