Published by Fabio Lussoso
On Saturday 27 May the President of the Republic of Albania Bajram Begai will be visiting Abruzzo at the invitation of the Hon. Luciano D’Alfonso
At the invitation of the Hon. Luciano D’Alfonso, on Saturday 27 May the President of the Republic of Albania, Bajram Begaj, will be in Abruzzo, precisely in Chieti and at Villa Badessa di Rosciano. The first stage of the presidential visit will take place at 11 in the Sala Giunta of the Province of Chieti. The meeting will be present – in addition to the Hon. Luciano D’Alfonso – also the prefect of Chieti Mario Della Cioppa, the questore of Chieti Francesco De Cicco, the regional councilor Daniele D’Amario, the regional councilor Pietro Smargiassi, the mayor Diego Ferrara, the deputy mayor Paolo De Cesare, the president of the municipal council Luigi Febo and the delegate of the Municipality of Tollo Adriatik Ziu, of Albanian origin.
At 11.50 Begaj will arrive in the church of Santa Maria Assunta in Piazza Skanderbeg, in Villa Badessa di Rosciano, for a meeting with the Albanian community present in the area. The mayor of Rosciano Simone Palozzo, the prefect of Pescara Giancarlo Di Vincenzo, the Hon. Luciano D’Alfonso as an Albanian citizen, the president of the cultural association of the Arberesh community of Villa Badessa Anna Maria Passeri and the president of the Albanian association “Roots and wings” Silvana Muço Dogani. At 12.20 President Begaj will give his speech, followed by a visit to the permanent historical and ethno-anthropological exhibition of the Arberesh community, with illustrations of two iconographic works. Then there will be the delivery of honorary citizenship by the mayor of Rosciano and the delivery of gifts by the president of the cultural association of the Arberesh community of Villa Badessa. Finally, the toast with typical products of the Arberesh tradition.
“I am happy that President Begaj has accepted my invitation – comments the Hon. Luciano D’Alfonso – as a sign of friendship towards our land of Abruzzo. It is an event conceived and created with the Europa Prossima Foundation, which has among its purposes that of promoting the process of European integration starting from culture, and with my Workshop. I also want to thank the Municipality and Province of Chieti, the Municipality of Rosciano and the cultural association of Villa Badessa for their active contribution. We are aware that the Adriatic States constitute a fundamental relational system inscribed in the distant Hellenic roots of the idea of Europe, which must find a new expression in the current process of building the European Union. Albania with its centuries-old history offers an interesting paradigm in the system of Adriatic relations, which deserves to be known and recognized, also in the awareness of the important economic and social path that this nation is making in view of entry into the European Union ”.