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.
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 âour first thoughts, especially today, go to the people of this beloved country so severely affected by the recent tragic floods.â He recalled the main interventions in the last twelve months: from humanitarian initiatives that the embassy has managed â such as sending several tons of specialized medical equipment, food and clothing â always bettered diplomatic relations between Serbia and Order of Malta â well represented by the signature and ratification of the humanitarian cooperation agreement â not to mention âthe 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. â
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 MPâs present, including the Chairman of the Group of friendship Serbia â 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 SerÃ£o, Ambassador of the Republic of Angola, H.E. Mr. Ricardo Fernando FernÃ¡ndez, Ambassador of the Argentine Republic, H.E. Mr. Vladimir Chushev, Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus, H.E. Mr. Leo Vincent M. DâAES, Ambassador of Belgium, H.E. Mr. Ranko Å KRBIÄ, 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 GARCÃA , Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba, H.E. Mrs. Ivana HLAVSOVÃ, Ambassador of the Czech Republic, H.E. Mrs. Menha MAHROUS BAKHOUM, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt, H.E. Mr. FranÃ§ois-Xavier Nicolas Marie Deniau, Ambassador of the Republic of France, Mr. Almamy KobÃ©lÃ© KEITA ChargÃ© dâAffaires 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-GREÅ First Counsellor, Embassy of the Republic of Poland, H.E. Mr. Augusto JosÃ© Pestana Saraiva Peixoto, Ambassador of the Republic of Portugal, H.E. Mr. JÃ¡n VarÅ¡o, 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 CEOâs, 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 UnkoviÄ from Singidunum University, prof. Dejan PopoviÄ and prof. Miodrag OrliÄ, 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 âMatthew 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: âI 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 Serbiaâ.
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In Belgrade, there is a center for children remained orphans, often abandoned by their parents, or suffering from serious diseases that gives with professionalism great attention and care to Â its young guests. Our Embassy had already worked with this center directed by Dr. Zoran MilaÄiÄ providing toys. On the occasion of the upcoming National Day of St. John, the Ambassadorâs spouse Emanuela di Luca wanted to deliver to these children some toys provided by the Italian Company CHICCO Artsana.
With the newly formed Parliament was constituted the new parliamentary group of friendship between Serbia and the Sovereign Order of Malta. In the list of the new composition we can notice that Prof. Dr Vladimir Marinkovic was re-elected as President. Prof. Dr Marinkovic, in addition to being an expert and supporter of the humanitarian and diplomatic initiatives of the Order of Malta, in this Legislature he covers the important institutional role of National Assembly Deputy Speaker. Best wishes to him and to all the members for a fruitful and intense collaboration.
|VLADIMIR prof. dr MARINKOVIÄ (President)
Social Democratic Party of Serbia
BRANKO prof. dr ÄUROVIÄ
SAÅ A MAKSIMOVIÄ
MILORAD dr MIJATOVIÄ
Socialist Party of Serbia
NEBOJÅ A Prof. dr PETROVIÄ
DEJAN mr RADENKOVIÄ
VESNA Dr RAKONjAC
NEBOJÅ A TATOMIR
Fifteen years after those air strikes from the sky, which caused so much damage, another attack came from the sky, this time, a devastating natural disaster. The deaths exceeded the tragic number of 50. Several are still missing, but the most worrying are the ones left homeless. The fury of the waters brought down, as if they were twigs, entire buildings of tens of thousands of people. The rescue machine is in motion and help and support is arriving from many parts of the world. Naturally, the Sovereign Order of Malta is actively present with its local facilities, through the Embassy in Belgrade, and both through its international relief organization, Malteser, and the Italian entities involved through the Embassy of the Order in Serbia. In particular many thanks go to the supermarket ESSELUNGA that, through the Lombardy Delegation of the Order, immediately responded to the request for help. A first contingent was delivered by Ambassador Alberto di Luca in Belgrade, and by the 10th of this month will arrive in Serbia a second load for a total of 66 pallets: 41 of food and 25 of clothing and products for personal hygiene. It is equal to 17.33 tons, of which 11.5 of food and 5.5 of other goods. The Piedmont Delegation of the Sovereign Order of Malta is taking steps as well to ship a significant amount of clothing.