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Il premio Dimitris Tsatsos al Presidente Emerito Giorgio Napolitano

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Il Presidente Emerito della Repubblica Italiana Giorgio Napolitano ha ricevuto il Premio "Dimitris Tsatsos"  nel corso di una cerimonia, tenutasi lunedì  19 settembre 2016 presso l'Ambasciata di Grecia a Roma.
 
Il premio, che viene assegnato per la terza volta, è stato istituito dal Centro per il Diritto Costituzionale europeo "Fondazione Themistoclis e Dimitris Tsatsos" di Atene e l'Istituto di Scienze costituzionale europeo Dimitris Tsatsos  dell'Università di Hagen in Germania. Viene assegnato a personalità illustri per il loro contributo nel campo degli studi costituzionali europei o per lo straordinario contributo all'integrazione europea e alla formazione di una Costituzione europea. 
 
"Durante la sua lunga carriera politica, Giorgio Napolitano ha dimostrato il suo profondo impegno nell'idea dell'integrazione europea e ha influenzato considerevolmente la sua implementazione nel processo politico", si legge nella motivazione per il premio. "Ha promosso la causa europea e l'ha difesa contro i suoi detrattori, un valido esempio per le generazioni future".
 
Pubblichiamo il discorso tenuto dal Presidente Emerito:
 
 
First of all, I want to express my deep gratitude to
 
both prestigious institutions, the Tsatsos Foundation
 
in Athens and the Tsatsos Institute in the University of
 
Hagen for awarding me such a significant Prize. And I
 
have to thank, at the same time, all the
 
representatives of the respective Boards, for
 
accepting to move to Rome, kindly taking into account
 
my difficulties to move to Athens.
 
This is a sad day, and not only for Italy: we just bid
 
our farewell to Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, one of the main
 
constructors of European unity. Thank you, dear
 
Greek and German friends, for being here.
 
The Athens Foundation and the Hagen Institute
 
honour together the high level figure of Dimitris
 
Tsatsos and together keep alive and develop his
 
scientific legacy and democratic commitment, serving
 
the causes of constitutional law and of European unity.
 
 
This cooperation is really meaningful. It reflects
 
the quality of a school of juridical thought active
 
within a common horizon in Greece and in Germany.
 
Dimitris Tsatsos was one of the Greek scholars
 
continuously operating in the German academic
 
framework no less than in the Greek one. And he
 
personally enjoyed a decisive solidarity getting the
 
possibility to teach in Germany while he was banned in
 
Greece by the military dictatorship between the '60ies
 
and 70ies.
 
But let me now recall, on the basis of therelations I
 
could establish with him, the figure and personality of
 
Dimitris Tsatsos. He was among the most respected
 
members of the Constitutional Affairs Committee of
 
the European Parliament, already before my second
 
election asanEuropean parliamentarian and chairman,
 
between 1999-2004, of that Committee.
 
There is no need to underline the quality of his
 
contribution to that institution thanks to his
 
theoretical doctrine. But I'd like to put in light his
 
soberness, far from any spirit of academic superiority,
 
and his attitude to cooperate with true camaraderie
 
with his parliamentarian colleagues. And I am still
 
 
grateful for thesincere and precious collaboration I
 
got from him during my presidency of the Committee.
 
In starting that exercise, I could rely on the deep
 
analysis of the Amsterdam Treaty he submitted to the
 
Assembly as a rapporteur, with Inigo Mendez de Vigo,
 
in the previous Parliament. It was an example of how
 
to serve and reinforce the role of the Strasburg
 
Parliament, going beyond the simple political and
 
technical products of negotiations between the
 
governments, and developing the ideal and strategic
 
foundations of the European

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