Former Staff of the European Union strengthen links in Assise
The Valencia Conference Centre is to host the AIACE 2018 Congress (International Association of former Staff of the European Union) from 22nd May to 26th May 2018.
The Valencia Conference Centre is to host the AIACE 2018 Congress (International Association of former Staff of the European Union) from 22nd May to 26th May 2018
The AIACE Congress (known by its French name “Assises”), which was first held in Luxembourg in 1970, will be meeting in Valencia this year after recent meetings held in Bratislava, Trieste and Maastricht. The Congress has a twofold aim: to strengthen the ties of friendship that link the members of AIACE across Europe on one hand, and to get to know one of the European countries or cities, on the other. In addition, in the words of Didier Hespel (AIACE Secretary General, in charge of the organization of the Yearly Congress), “this is an opportunity for us to get together at the General Assembly and tackle different issues about the interests of former staff. Representatives from all of the European Union institutions will also be attending the Congress and talking to the participants. During the opening session, prominent guest speakers are invited to talk about a subject of general European interest. This year they will be J.M. Gil Robles (former President of the European Parliament), E. Morera (President of the Valencian Regional Parliament) and E. Nasarre (President of the Spanish Section of the European Movement).”
Participants come from all over Europe, most of them from Belgium, France and Luxembourg, and as Mr. Hespel says, “attendees will be able to relax with their colleagues at lunch and dinner and enjoy the excursions”.
This association works to improve the well-being of all former staff of the European institutions by endeavouring to nurture their personal ties on one hand and their professional links to the administrative services of the institutions, on the other, in a friendly, entertaining atmosphere. AIACE maintains close contacts with the EU authorities and represents the broad interests of former staff through cooperation agreements, contributing to the study of problems relating to European integration and helping heighten public awareness of them, in conjunction with the EU institutions and bodies in this area.
The agreement signed in February 2008 between the Commission and AIACE provides for the Association to be represented on the committees directly concerning former staff. It also established a social initiative partnership, specifically aimed at retired staff in difficulty. The work of the numerous volunteers is governed by the Commission, which offers them training and support while they carry out their social activities.