Help for children with diabetes

Belgrade, 30th September 2014

In an atmosphere of friendship and cordiality, Ambassador Alberto di Luca has received, at the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Belgrade, Mr. Borko Marinkovic, President of the Association against Childhood diabetes in Kragujevac.

After the devastating floods that hit Serbia during the recent months, many diabetes patients, most importantly children, have found themselves in serious difficulties due to the lack of medical supplies.

The President Marinkovic explained the initiatives promoted by the Association, in particular those that bind children with diabetes to sports. The Association was, and still is, faced with many difficulties after the floods. Ambassador di Luca was made aware on the organizational arrangements put in place to compensate for the lack of medical supplies, devices, tape, needles, insulin and oral medications, as well as on the problems of finding them and then distribute them to the children of the affected areas.

During the meeting, projects were discussed for the upcoming Diabetes Day of November 14th, and possible forms of cooperation to be implemented with the support of Italian or French benefactors.

To give a first concrete aid to the Association, for the purchase of “Kits” urgently needed, the funds raised during the charity event organized in Milan, last June, from Meritalia and Zepter International in collaboration with the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Serbia, have been addressed to them.


Turin – Belgrade – Sremcica

August 4th

Thirty boxes of jeans, clothing and jackets, that the Piedmontese Delegation of the Sovereign Order of Malta sent a few days ago in Serbia, were then loaded and taken from the Embassy in Belgrade to the Home for Children and Youth with Disabilities “Sremcica”. This Centre, which houses orphans with disabilities, has a constant need for help that the Order of Malta, whenever possible, tries to meet, having provided over time Computers, craft materials for the training of its young guests, supplies and clothing. Particularly, in this difficult post-floods and providential moments were considered items like winter jackets in anticipation of the very cold winter in that area.

Help for Serbia because of the floods even from Turin.

July 22, 2014

The humanitarian mission of the Sovereign Order of Malta is also perceived by the availability that all its facilities offer when it comes to helping those most in need. In fact, the appeal launched by the Ambassador in Belgrade, Alberto di Luca, was received, after the Lombardy Delegation, by the Piedmontese Delegation of the Sovereign Order of Malta as well. A significant load of clothing and blankets, recently seized by the Italian’s Guardia di Finanza of Turin, with the invaluable assistance of the Delegation – and in particular the Delegate Don Carlo Amedeo Melzi d’Eril dei Duchi di Lodi dei Conti di Magenta and Past Delegate Alessandro Antonielli d’Oulx – was delivered to the Archbishop of Belgrade HE Mons. Stanislav Hocevar.

Courtesy visit

Belgrade, July 2014

At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the new head of the Department for Neighbouring and South-East European Countries, H.E. Ambassador Slobodan Vukcevic, received Ambassador Alberto di Luca for a courtesy visit. During the meeting, in addition to mutual introductions, they discussed about current issues; with, in the foreground, the flood emergency and the gracious words of gratitude from the Government of Serbia to the Sovereign Order of Malta for its help. Was also addressed the issue of a possible implementation of the Humanitarian Cooperation Agreement between Serbia and the Sovereign Order of Malta.

National Day of Saint John

On the occasion of the National Day of St. John, the Embassy in Belgrade of the Sovereign Order of Malta, wanted to bring together at the modern and efficient setting of the Hotel Metropol, over three hundred people among which major institutional, religious, diplomatic and cultural authorities of the Serbian capital.

In his speech, Ambassador Alberto di Luca pointed out that “our first thoughts, especially today, go to the people of this beloved country so severely affected by the recent tragic floods.” He recalled the main interventions in the last twelve months: from humanitarian initiatives that the embassy has managed – such as sending several tons of specialized medical equipment, food and clothing – always bettered diplomatic relations between Serbia and Order of Malta – well represented by the signature and ratification of the humanitarian cooperation agreement – not to mention “the inauguration of the new offices of the Diplomatic Chancellery in the capital, blessed by His Eminence Cardinal Angelo Scola, Archbishop of Milan, during his visit to Serbia for the solemn celebration of the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan. ”

The maximum institutional authorities were highly represented by the Advisor to the President of the Republic, Professor Oliver Antic. The Royal Family was present with H.R.H. Prince Aleksandar II Karadjordjevic and Princess Katarina. A number of MP’s present, including the Chairman of the Group of friendship Serbia – Order of Malta and National Assembly Deputy Speaker, Prof. Dr. Vladimir Marinkovic.

The religious authorities were at their highest levels with the presence, for the Catholic Church, of the Archbishop of Belgrade, H.E. Msgr. Archbishop Stanislav Hocevar and for the Orthodox Church, with H.E. Metropolitan Irinej Dobrijevic with the Archpriest Dr. Luka Novakovic. Several diplomats representing their countries: for the Holy See the Apostolic Nuncio H.E. Msgr. Archbishop Orlando Antonini and the Second Secretary Janusz Stanislaw Blachowiak, Mr. Guiseppe Manzo, Ambassador of the Republic of Italy, Mr. Ernal FILO Counsellor Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of the Republic of Albania, H.E. Mr. Toko Diakenga Serão, Ambassador of the Republic of Angola, H.E. Mr. Ricardo Fernando Fernández, Ambassador of the Argentine Republic, H.E. Mr. Vladimir Chushev, Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus, H.E. Mr. Leo Vincent M. D’AES, Ambassador of Belgium, H.E. Mr. Ranko ŠKRBIĆ, Ambassador of Bosnia And Herzegovina, H.E. Mr. Sergio Luis CANAES, Ambassador of the Federative Republic of Brazil, H.E. Prof. Dr. Angel Simeonov Dimitrov, Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria, Dr. Paul-Emile Tshinga Ahuka, form the Embassy Of The Democratic Republic of the Congo, H.E. Mrs. Adela Mayra RUIZ GARCÍA , Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba, H.E. Mrs. Ivana HLAVSOVÁ, Ambassador of the Czech Republic, H.E. Mrs. Menha MAHROUS BAKHOUM, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt, H.E. Mr. François-Xavier Nicolas Marie Deniau, Ambassador of the Republic of France, Mr. Almamy Kobélé KEITA Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of the Republic of Guinea, H.E. Mr. Abdellah Zegour , Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco, H.E. Mr. Harold Augustus Koko , Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mrs. Hanna DALEWSKA-GREŃ First Counsellor, Embassy of the Republic of Poland, H.E. Mr. Augusto José Pestana Saraiva Peixoto, Ambassador of the Republic of Portugal, H.E. Mr. Ján Varšo, Ambassador of the Slovak Republic, H.E. Mr. Franc But , Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia, Dr. Dia Nader De El Andari, Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and H.E. Mr Denis Keefe, Ambassador of Great Britain.

On behalf of UNICEF and UNHCR, the Directors for Serbia, Alix-Andre Michel Saint Lot and Eduardo Arboleda Sepulveda.

Also present were the representatives from the business world, culture and the arts. Among the many CEO’s, Dr. Andrea Simoncelli from Delta Generali, Banca Intesa Director for the Balkan aera Dr. Rosario Strano and the CEO for Belgrade Dr. Alessio Cioni. The proximity to the Universities was witnessed by the presence of prof. Slobodan Unković from Singidunum University, prof. Dejan Popović and prof. Miodrag Orlić, University of Law, Prof. Milan Skulic, University of Philosophy. Among welcomed guests as well the Pink TV Group President Ivan Vlatkovic and its CEO Zeljko Mitrovic.

After the two National Anthems, Ambassador di Luca, delivered on behalf of H.R.H. The Prince and Grand Master Fra ‘Matthew Festing, three Honours Merito Melitense to Prof. Dr. Oliver Antic, Prof. Dr. Vladimir Marinkovic and to Dr. Federico Bolondi.
In a cordial atmosphere the evening ended with the words of Ambassador Alberto di Luca: “I raise my glass to the future of the people of Serbia, to which I wholeheartedly wish prosperity, well-being, and continued success, as our ardent desire, of the friendship and cooperation between the Order of Malta and the Republic of Serbia”.

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