The Falcone and Borsellino academic year has officially started at the College of Europe.
The Opening Ceremony took place on 23 October 2014, at the Saint Walburga Church, just next to the Verversdijk Campus in Bruges, at the presence of Mr Mariano Rajoy, President of the Government of Spain, who also intervened at the opening ceremony (full speech in Spanish), and of Professor Maria Falcone, sister of Giovanni.
The evening prior to the ceremony, Ms Maria Falcone gathered with College students for an event coordinated by the Italian Society of the College. She presented the activities of the Francesca and Giovanni Falcone Foundation, introduced the students to the short-movie “Per Falcone” by Rai Educational, and gave a vivid account of her brother’s life, as man of the institutions.
During the opening ceremony, Professor Jörg Monar, Rector of the College of Europe, has recalled Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, Patrons of the Promotion with an inspiring speech.
The Rector sets Falcone and Borsellino as examples for the College students; for their commitment to defend justice, for their strength in giving legitimacy to the role of the State, and for their ability to introduce innovation in the public sector and in the fight against organized crime.
In line with the tradition of the College, the speech is given partly in French and partly in English and is a commemoration of the life of the patrons as outstanding civil servants as well as model human beings.
The full text of the speech is published in this blog: A Speech to Remember – Allocution Promotion Falcone & Borsellino; it can also be downloaded at www.coleurope.eu/speeches.