MORE THAN 400 MEMBERS OF 7 EUROPEAN COUNTRIES MET IN
THIS year we have again made
it possible for more than 400 people from Spain, Portugal, France, Belgium,
Italy, England and Germany to meet from the 2nd to the 10th of May 1999 at
another Euromeeting on the Costa Blanca.
our greatest recognition we inform that on that date the International
Conference 'A society for all ages' was taking place at Alicante. One sees from
this that the Spanish society thinks of the elder generation's
German delegation regretted the fact that the Euromeeting participants had to be
lodged in three different hotels, which made it more difficult for the European
members to communicate, although the possibility to change hotels during the
International Conference was also offered.
Conference held its meetings in the facilities of the Caja de Ahorros' Congress
Hall, whose president Mr. Vicente Sala Botella welcomed the participants
offering himself personally and on behalf of his Institution. The Conference was
presided by Dr. Maria Asuncion Martinez of Alicante University who did her work
perfectly. Well known professors and important figures from Spain and other
countries such as Alan Walker of Sheffield University (Great Britain) dealt with
the following subjects among others:
concept of retirement in a changing society.
elderly people and economy.
role of culture in international relations.
Elderly people and labour policies.
Women in posts of representation, intergenerational relations and the role of
Francisco Bernabeu emphasised the importance of the creation of a European
Intergenerational Cultural Foundation with a view to a latter expansion, because
with a productive cultural exchange between young and elderly people a better
understanding and tolerance may be obtained amongst them. Our aim will then be
to summon many young people for the project, in order to promote solidarity
amongst generations with the most efficiency.
Savings Bank of the Mediterranean, and other entities encourage the project, and
the UNESCO suggests the creation of a continuous programme to solve and get rid
of elderly people's social problems in all European
the Conference's closing ceremony, a declaration was presented to Mr. José
Antonio de Mesa, representative of the UNESCO, in order to give it legal
the sessions we saw the small participation of women from other European
countries, and for this reason we call to a bigger co-operation in the future.
It is worth the effort to fight for the women's future.
Germans are always suprised at and interested in the Spanish culture and
lifestyle. Thanks to the Mediterranean climate we were able to enjoy a pleasant
stay in the Autonomous Region of Valencia.
view of the town and reservoir of Guadalest, which is accessible only through an
entrance carved in the rock, brings back to us unforgettable sensations. The
town, that has been declared a monument of artistic historical interest, is
divided into two areas. The medieval castle leans bravely from a rock. A great
number of shops offer the visitors many craftworks, and it is also worth
visiting a miniature museum and the museum-house of
excursion took us to the city of Murcia, founded by the Arabs. At
the cathedral we were suprised by the choir, surrounded by a spectacular gothic
railing, the paintings of Lucas Jordan and the sculptures of Salzillo. One
should pay special attention to the Arab interior of the Casino, crowned by a
great crystal and iron sphere. In some parts, European and Oriental styles are
mixed. In the rooms of the Salzillo Museum we admired the representation of the
Birth of Christ, and the most important figures in the life of Christ sculpted
by the famous baroque artist. After enjoying the cultural visit, we enjoyed a
typical Mediterranean meal at the Karting restaurant, appreciating specially the
wine of the region.
more than 250.000 palm trees of the town of Elche form the fresh miracle of 'El
Palmeral'. The decisive point of the excursion was the representation of the
'Misteri d'Elx' in the basilica of Holy Mary. The Misteri is the only ascendant
representation that still exists since the Middle Ages. The
representation takes place every 14th and 15th of August.
Calpe, remembering Hemingway, we marvelled at the famous Rock of Ifach and
bought souvenirs at the port.
also visited Altea, town of artists and craftsmen, and Orihuela, with the
ancient university, the museum dedicated to the Holy Week, the cathedral and its
museum, as well as the church of Santiago.
entertaining party at the S'cote restaurant in the port, the pleasure of the
excellent bar snacks in the castle of Santa Barbara and the lunch in the
magnificent Residence Perez Mateos in SAN Juan, contributed to consolidate the
friendship between the participants.
the name of the German delegation, we express our thanks to Mr. José Lidón and
to his daughter Cristina, to the team of Barcelo Travel Agency and its
interpreters and our colleagues of CAM.
were unforgettable days and we will be glad to come back and meet each other
Rebert and Christa Saia