April 27-29, 2012 - AGBU Meeting in Milan - Two unforgettable days filled with work, meetings and emotions
12:57, 29-04-2012

The board members of AGBU - Europe met in Milan (Italy) from 27 to 29 April 2012 and noted its quarterly meeting. The choice of location was not accidental, since in 2012 the section of AGBU - Milano celebrated one hundred years since its establishment.

As a rule, the first meeting was held with the government officials, in this case with Mr. Bruno Dapei - President of the Province of Milan, who hosted the delegation of AGBU and noted the problems of the Armenian community in Milan, with topics related to the concerns of the Armenian people and the mission and objectives of the Union.

The program included a welcome dinner at one of the oldest restaurants in the city where apx. hundred people attended, half of which came from Europe to reaffirm their commitment and their solidarity with Armenians from Milan and spend together moments of shared friendship.

The next day, the present members met at the Armenian House of Milan (Casa Armenia) to attend the board meeting, chaired by Alexis Govciyan - President of AGBU Europe.

During this meeting, the Board considered many issues on the agenda, including the development of activities of AGBU in Europe, Armenia and Karabakh on lobbying in Europe and the necessary organization and coordination for youth, which are in the heart and priorities of AGBU Europe.

In this context it should be noted that the AGBU Europe in particular has developed the program "GORIZ", which aims to educate and assist the future leaders of the Armenian communities in Europe. Finally, was considered the program "Armeniaca" and actions to be taken for its implementation as part of AGBU Europe strategy and the relationship to the preservation and the protection of the Armenian heritage

In the presence of Mr. Berge Setrakian - Chairman of AGBU worldwide, this session was also an opportunity to congratulate and encourage the new management team of AGBU France and wish the best of the new President - Philip Panosian and to members of his board.

In the evening at the Armenian House / Casa Armenia, was held a cultural event with lots of rich contents which ended the Centennial celebration in the presence of the Armenian community of Milan.
The evening began with the hymns of the Republic of Armenia and AGBU followed by the prayer by the Holy Reverend father Arena - spiritual leader of the parish.

Following, the president of AGBU Milan - Mrs. Gegel Khachaturian, brilliantly recalled events and work of all employees of the European Union and gave the floor to speaker, special guest, Reverend Father Levon Zekyan, mhetarist of the Congregation in Venice who spoke about "Armenian charity tradition, "the cornerstone of the philosophy of AGBU, citing numerous examples of Presidents in the AGBU, including Mr. Boghos Nubar Pasha and Alex Manoogian.

After this conference, both rich and deep, the program continued with a piano recital of Nune Hayrapetyan, who performed works of Aram Khachaturian, Arno Babadjanian, Sergei Rachmaninoff and other famous composers.

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